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Couch City: Socrates against Simonides

Harry Berger, Ward Risvold, and J. Benjamin Fuqua


In addition to providing a thorough philological review, this book revises the way scholars have tended to read the Simonides episode from Plato’s Protagoras. Couch City ties this review with a literary interpretation of the poem’s involvement in the dialogue, how the dialogue itself may be read literarily, and, most importantly, how these readings work together rather than as discrete, incidental literary interventions in Socrates studies. It uses concepts like the performatives of speech-act theory to demonstrate how the structure of the dialogue sanctions the poem’s transgressive playfulnes ... More

Keywords: Being vs. Becoming, elenchus, Plato, poetics, Protagoras, reflexivity, Simonides, Socrates, sophistry, speech-act theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294237
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Berger, author
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ward Risvold, editor
Nazarbayev University

J. Benjamin Fuqua, editor
Clemson University

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