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. . .Menexenus would be at the end of the Phaedrus. The satirical opening and the concluding words bear a great resemblance to the earlier dialogues; the oration itself is professedly a mimetic work, like the speeches in the Phaedrus, and cannot therefore be tested by a comparison of the other writings of Plato. The funeral oration of Pericles is expressly mentioned in the Phaedrus, and this may have suggested the subject, in the same manner that the Cleitophon appears to be suggested by the slight mention of Cleitophon and his attachment to Thrasymachus in the Republic; and the Theages by the mention of Theages in the Apology and Republic; or as the Second Alcibiades seems to be founded upon the text of Xenophon, Mem. A similar taste for parody appears not only in the Phaedrus, but in the Protagoras, in the Symposium, and to a certain extent in the Parmenides.

To these two doubtful writings of Plato I have added the First Alcibiades, which, of all the disputed dial. . . Read More

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Apparently famous in the antiquity but almost forgetten these few decades the Menexenus is about a speech, to be precise a funeral oration for those who died in battle. The dialogue assumes rather a rethorical form, almost like the discourse from Lysis on Phaedrus. If this dialogue was written or no

Un dialogo distinto en el que Sócrates muestra su capacidad retórica mediante un discurso. Platón es bien conocido por su crítica a la retórica y sofística, sus diálogos iniciales están repletos de razonamientos que van en contra a estas actividades. Creo que en ninguno lo encapsula tal y como en el

Der Menexenos von Platon ist ein ziemlich interessanter Text. Wie üblich wird die Handlung in Dialogform dargestellt und ist ziemlich rudimentär. Sokrates trifft auf der Straße den jungen Menexenos, der von einer Ratsversammlung kommt. Von einem als spöttisch aufzufassenden Kommentar von Sokrates Me

This work hardly merits the term “dialogue,” being mainly taken up by a lengthy speech. Socrates professes to have learned a funeral oration from a woman named Apia, who was Pericles’ consort. Plato seems to have been simultaneously parodying the practice of giving these speeches, but also proving h

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