Plato, memory, and performance

Yamagata, Naoko (2005). Plato, memory, and performance. Oral Tradition, 20(1) pp. 111–129.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/ort.2005.0013

URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/oral_tradition/v020/2...

Abstract

An examination of evidence for the oral culture at the time of Plato in his dialogues, especially Ion and Phaedrus. It looks at the way performances of poetry and rhetorical speeches were regarded, recorded and retrieved, both orally and in writing. It also examines the attitude to poetic inspiration in ancient Greece in comparison with cross-cultural evidence from anthropological studies.

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