Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, PhD (1999) University of Chicago, is the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. He has published on Greek religion, myth, and philosophy, including Myths of the Underworld Journey (Cambridge, 2004) and Redefining Ancient Orphism (Cambridge, 2013).
Pierre Destrée is Associate Research Professor at the University of Louvain where he teaches ancient philosophy. He has published widely on Greek ethics and aesthetics, and has co-edited numerous volumes, such as Plato and the Poets (Brill, 2011), Plato and Myth (Brill, 2012), and The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Aesthetics (Wiley, 2015).
Contributors are: Elizabeth Belfiore, Douglas Cairns, Radcliffe Edmonds, Andrew Ford, Francisco Gonzalez, Grace Ledbetter, Alex Long, Christopher Moore, Kathryn Morgan, Penelope Murray, Olivier Renaut, Gerd Van Riel.
Scholars and advanced students interested in Plato’s writing, in the intersection of philosophy and literature, in image and metaphor, or in images in Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, Republic, and other dialogues.
Table of contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Power—and the Problems—of Plato’s Images
Pierre Destrée and Radcliffe Edmonds
Alcibiades’ Eikôn of Socrates and the Platonic Text: Symp. 215a–222d
The Image of Achilles in Plato’s Symposium
The Power of a Beautiful Image in Plato and the Poets: Infatuation or Transcendence?
Putting Him on a Pedestal: (Re)collection and the Use of Images in Plato’s Phaedrus
Images of Oneself in Plato
Perspectivism in Plato’s Views of the Gods
Gerd Van Riel
The Power of Plato’s Cave
Political Images of the Soul
The Ship of State and the Subordination of Socrates
Plato’s Goat-Stags and the Uses of Comparison
Poetry and the Image of the Tyrant in Plato’s Republic
The Tripartite Soul as Metaphor