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Sappho and Anacreon in Plato’s Phaedrus

Pender, E.E. (2007) Sappho and Anacreon in Plato’s Phaedrus. Leeds International Classical Studies, 6.4. ISSN 1477-3643

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Abstract

Plato’s praise of the poets Sappho and Anacreon at Phaedrus 235c is a sincere tribute to their vivid presentations of the shock of love. Allusions to the lyric poets in the prologue and Socrates’ narrative of soul support Plato’s exploration of the relationship between mania and self-control. Plato analyses the power-dynamic within a soul experiencing erotic desire and in response to the poets creates an intricate picture of how the force and energy of eros is absorbed, transferred and redirected.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 E.E. Pender. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > Classics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2008 13:30
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 19:17
Published Version: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/lics/volumes.html
Status: Published
Publisher: University of Leeds
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4470

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