Aristophanes in the Apology of Socrates

Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne 44 (2):65-85 (2018)
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Abstract

Using an interdisciplinary approach to reading Plato's Apology of Socrates, I argue that the counter penalty offered by Socrates, what is commonly translated as maintenance in the Prytaneion, was a literary addition from Plato, resembling comic topoi from Aristophanes. I begin with the accounts we have from Plato and Xenophon, then analyze the culture and context of the Prytaneion. Given the evidence, I provide arguments for why the historical Socrates wouldn't respond with sit─ôsis in the Prytaneion. I suggest that Plato borrows the grammatical phrase from Aristophanes' Knights.

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Sophia A. Stone
Lynn University

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