Volume 22

The Lie: Becoming Dreams Being-Dreams of Becoming

Safety statistics for air travel and workplaces speak of the “near miss”: close call; a collision that might have occurred and only barely did not. Given our present topic – Plato’s dialogues taking poetry in – and our brief’s engaging breadth that covers both true and false quotation, or those… Read more

The End of the Odyssey

§0. This essay began with an invitation to participate in a conference at Vassar College in early April 2020. As the world knows, everything planned for that date was upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference, organized by Gwenda-lin Grewal, was set to consider quotations and misquotations of Homer in… Read more

A Note on Plato’s Euthydemus 304b

At Euthydemus 304b, Socrates seems to twist the famous first line of Pindar’s Olympian 1. Pindar’s line reads as follows: ἄριστον μὲν ὕδωρ, ὁ δὲ χρυσὸς αἰθόμενον πῦρ Best, on the one hand, water, but gold as blazing fire Here is Plato’s version: τὸ δὲ ὕδωρ εὐωνότατον, ἄριστον ὄν,… Read more