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Author Burnyeat, Myles, author

Title The seventh platonic letter / Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede ; edited by Dominic Scott
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
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Contents Cover; The Seventh Platonic Letter: A Seminar; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; Editorś introduction; The state of the files; The editorial process; The content; Sicily timeline: (adapted from CAH 62); Part I: Michael Frede; Seminar 1; Follow-up to seminar 1; Seminar 2; (A) Platoś Letters and their earliest attestation; (B) Ep. XII to Archytas of Tarentum; Follow-up to seminar 2; Seminar 3 The letter of Speusippus to Philip II of Macedonia (Ep. XXX S. et S.); Follow-up to seminar 3; Seminar 4; [I]; [II]; [III]; Follow-up to seminar 4; Seminar 5 ; [IV]; Appendix; I; II; Editor's guide
Act I (326b-327d): Platoś first visit to SyracuseScene 1: The second stage in the origin of the Policy (326b-d); Scene 2: The ultimate beginning of everything (326d-327d); Act II (327d-330b): Platoś second visit to Syracuse; Scene 1: The call to action (327d-329b); Scene 2: Dionś exile (329b-330b); Interlude (330b-337e): Advice to the friends of Dion; Prologue (330b-c); General principles of advice-giving (330c-331d); The advice to Dionysius (331d-333a); Flash forward to Dionś return to Syracuse (333b-c); The Athenian connection (333c-334c)
Act III resumed (344d-350b): The remainder of Platoś third visitScene 6: More on Dionysius ́book (344d-345c); Scene 7: A low blow to Dion (345c-346a); Scene 8: Negotiating with a tyrant (346a-347b); Scene 9: Broken promises (347b-348a); Scene 10: The Heracleides affair (348a-349c); Scene 11: Dionysius breaks with Plato (349c-e); Scene 12: Archytas to the rescue (350a-b); Epilogue: The meeting at Olympia (350b-352a); Part 1: Dionś fury (350b-e); Part 2: The corruption of Dion (351a-c); Part 3: The akrasia of Plato and Dion (351c-e); Part 4: Finale (351e-352a)
Application of all this to the friends of Dion (334c-335c)Where to place the blame for the present crisis (335c-336c); Advice to the friends of Dion (336c-337e); Act III (337e-341e, 344d-350b): Platoś third visit to Syracuse; Prologue: Conclusion to the second visit (337e-338b); Scene 1: Plato refuses to return to Syracuse (338b-c); Scene 2: Dionysius frantic for Platoś return (338c-339a); Scene 3: Plato agonizes about whether to go (339a-340a); Scene 4: The test (340a-341b); Scene 5: Dionysius ́book (341b-e); The philosophical digression (342a-344d)
Seminars 1-3Seminar 1; Seminar 2; (A) Plato's Letters and Earliest Attest Ation; (B) Ep. XII To Archytas of Tarentum; Seminar 3: The letter of Speusippus to Philip IIof Macedonia (Ep. XXX S. et S.); Seminars 4-5 (and the Appendix); Endnotes; Facsimile pages of Frede's notes; Part II: Myles Burnyeat; 1: The pseudo-philosophical digression in Epistle VII; The argument; The terminology; The sources; The diagnosis; 2: The second prose tragedy; Preface; Prologue (323d-326b); Part 1: The Policy, and cause for doubt (323d-324b); Part 2: The birth of our hero (324b-326b)
Summary The Seventh Platonic Letter describes Plato's attempts to turn the ruler of Sicily, Dionysius II, into a philosopher ruler along the lines of the Republic. It explains why Plato turned from politics to philosophy in his youth and how he then tried to apply his ideas to actual politics later on. It also sets out his views about language, writing and philosophy. As such, it represents a potentially crucial source of information about Plato, who tells us almost nothingabout himself in his dialogues. But is it genuine? Scholars have debated the issue for centuries, although recent opinion has move
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed May 12, 2015)
Subject Plato -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Plato. Epistles. 7th -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Spurious and doubtful works.
Form Electronic book
Author Frede, Michael, author
Scott, Dominic, editor
ISBN 0191053384 (electronic bk)
9780191053382 (electronic bk)