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The symphony of temperance in Republic 4: Musical imagery and practical models

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This paper calls into question a long-lasting but ill-founded tenet of Platonic scholarship, namely that Plato was not interested in, or aware of, the technical implications of the musical concepts he employed in the dialogues. Conversely, I will show how Plato exploited the technical and practical features of the concept of symphōnía dià pasôn, and of choral singing more generally, to highlight the unique role played by temperance (sōphrosýnē) in the ideal city. More precisely I contend that...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1163/22129758-12341287

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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Author
Publisher:
Brill
Journal:
Greek and Roman Musical Studies More from this journal
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Pages:
18-34
Publication date:
2017-02-23
Acceptance date:
2016-11-20
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2212-9758
ISSN:
2212-974X
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pubs:796608
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uuid:e94769f3-f891-4bcb-a217-991053c58cb5
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pubs:796608
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796608
Deposit date:
2017-11-24

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