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Socrates' Aspasian Oration: The Play of Philosophy and Politics in Plato's Menexenus
American Political Science Review
Plato'sMenexenusis overlooked, perhaps because of the difficulty of gauging its irony. In it, Socrates recites a funeral oration he says he learned from Aspasia, describing events that occurred after the deaths of both Socrates and Pericles' mistress. But the dialogue's ironic complexity is one reason it is a central part of Plato's political philosophy. In both style and substance,Menexenusrejects the heroic account of Athenian democracy proposed by Thucydides' Pericles, separating Atheniandoi:10.2307/2938961 fatcat:ygqqp66qjrdajmua6dqwedahlm