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Seth Benardete papersSeries I. Reading Notes on Literary and Philosophical Texts ➔ Plato's Menexenus and Laches (The New School, Fall 1990)

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New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997). Graduate Faculty. (host institution)



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Lecture notes for a course. As described in the New School course catalog, Plato's Menexenus presents Socrates reciting a funeral speech composed, he claims, by Pericles' mistress Aspasia; it is supposed to match in some way Pericles' own funeral speech in Thucydides. In the Laches Socrates discusses courage with Laches and Nicias; and Nicias looms almost as large in the second half of Thucydides' work as Pericles does in the first. It is proposed to look at Plato's possible interpretation of Thucydides in light of these two dialogues on war and death in battle. The title suppled in the New School course catalog is, Plato and Thucydides: Plato's Menexenus and Laches (core).

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