Κατεύθυνση Αρχαία Ελληνική ΦιλολογίαLibrary of the School of Philosophy
Δημήτρης Καραδήμας, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Βασίλης Λεντάκης, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Βασίλης Βερτουδάκης, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Ο Περικλής μεταξύ Φιλοσοφικής και Ρητορικής κριτικής: η εικόνα του ως Ρήτορος και Πολιτικού Ανδρός στον Πλάτωνα και τον Αίλιο Αριστείδη
Pericles between Philosophical and Rhetorical criticism: his image as a Rhetorician and Politician in Plato and Aelius Aristides
This M.A. thesis seeks to contribute to research regarding the issue of Pericles’ treatment in antiquity. For this purpose it was chosen to examine two writers who do not approach things by adopting a historical perspective and each of them serves a different cognitive field. The first one, Plato, deals with philosophy, and the second one, Aelius Aristides, with rhetoric, while at the same time they belong to different periods of antiquity, Classical period the first and Second sophistic the other. The fact that Aristides through his work «converses» generally with Plato and also responds to the philosopher’s judgments about the famous politician of Athens not only justifies the reason for writing this thesis, but also makes necessary the presentation of this study, since the relationship between Plato and Aelius concerning the criticisms they express in relation to Pericles has not been the sole object of study internationally. The thesis presents the logical inconsistency of Platonic views by exploring their deepest philosophical meaning and at the same time exposes Aristides’ corresponding views by examining their rational accuracy. Through this comparative approach, it turns out that this textual relationship between Plato and Aelius also reveals the dissimilar view of two different faculties, namely philosophy and rhetoric, regarding the case of Pericles’ treatment.
Main subject category:
Language – Literature
Pericles, Athenian Democracy, Plato, Philosophy, Platonic Rhetoric, Gorgias, Menexenus, Phaedrus, Aelius Aristides, Second sophistic, To Plato: In defense of Oratory, To Plato: In defense of the Four.