On the Daimonion of Socrates
Human Liberation, Divine Guidance & Philosophy
Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam Religionemque Pertinentia, No. XVI

By Plutarch
Edited by Heinz-Gunther Nesselrath
January 2010
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
225 pages
$62.50 Paper Original

Plutarch's dialogue "On the daimonion of Socrates" is a unique combination of exciting historical romance and serious philosophical and religious discussion: A narrator from Boeotian Thebes tells his Athenian friend how Thebes was liberated from Spartan domination in a fateful night of midwinter 379/8 BC and connects this with the retelling of a fascinating philosophical discussion about the famous daimonion of Socrates in the afternoon and evening before. Besides presenting an introduction, a revised Greek text, and a new English translation (with copious notes), the volume offers a range of essays on themes providing further insights into this masterly literary piece: on the historical, religious and philosophical background and on thematic connections with other works by Plutarch.

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