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Plato: Phaedrus by W. C. Helmbold

Plato: Phaedrus (edition 1956)

by W. C. Helmbold

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Title:Plato: Phaedrus
Authors:W. C. Helmbold
Info:Prentice Hall (1956), Edition: 1, Paperback, 75 pages
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More accessible than most of his dialogues, and with helpful footnotes that often veer into the irrelevant (unless you´re interested in ancient Greek as a language). Unfortunately, neither of these save the content of the dialogue itself from being boring. The majority of it is a discussion of man/boy love, and the last part is a discussion on rhetoric. There is some interesting punning going on, especially when Socrates uses a soul´s budding wings as a metaphor for an erection. Also nicely, the translator goes a long way in explaining the mentality of the ancient Greek. The love discussion is interesting just because you learn a lot about the relationships that older Greek men enjoyed with young men or boys, something I doubt most people know about. As for the discussion on rhetoric, Gorgias is much more interesting. ( )
1 vote blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
One of Plato's racier dialogues, if you leave aside your preconceptions temporarily. "Oh, look at that handsome Phaedrus. Let us encourage him to take a walk by the river and talk of love." Plato was writing philosophy in a form designed to be entertaining to his audience.
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Hamilton, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helmbold, W. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jowett, BenjaminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molegraaf, MarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ravino, W. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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SOCRATES: Where have you come from, my dear Phaedrus, and where are you going?
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"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader." --Book Jacket.… (more)

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