Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-educatoreBook - 2012
This collection of scholarly papers covers aspects of the context and background to Alcibiades I; the philosophical issues it raises; its relationship to other Platonic texts, and its subsequent history.
In the Platonic work Alcibiades I, a divinely guided Socrates adopts the guise of a lover in order to divert Alcibiades from an unthinking political career. The contributors to this carefully focussed volume cover aspects of the background to the work; its arguments and the philosophical issues it raises; its relationship to other Platonic texts, and its subsequent history up to the time of the Neoplatonists. Despite its ancient prominence, the authorship of Alcibiades I is still unsettled; the essays and two appendices, one historical and one stylometric, come together to suggest answers to this tantalising question.
Most of the 14 chapters are derived from papers delivered to a December 2008 symposium held in Newcastle, Australia, and the University of Newcastle is the largest contributor of the classicists here who weigh in on the purported sexual relationship between philosopher Socrates and his student Alcibiades, a powerful politician. Among the topics are Socrates and Platonic models of love, whether Alcibiades learned justice from the many, the Alcibiades I on virtue and courage, Philo's treatment of the divine lover in Hellenistic pedagogy, and Socrates' divine sign from the Alcibiades to Olympiodorus. Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation Â©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)