Poets on Socrates' stage: Plato's reception of dramatic art

Emlyn-Jones, Chris (2007). Poets on Socrates' stage: Plato's reception of dramatic art. In: Hardwick, Lorna and Stray, Christopher eds. Companion to Classical Receptions. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 38–49.

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There is an ambiguity at the heart of Plato's attitude to dramatic art in Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE: he strongly disapproves of it as not leading to knowledge and truth; yet at the same time he presents Socrates in his dialogues as dominating a dramatically-imagined 'stage' in which his interlocutors interact with him. In founding his Academy on the periphery of Athens, Plato nevertheless wishes to displace the conventional theatre in the centre of Athens with his own, i.e to reverse the conventional polarity of periphery and centre.

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