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Poetics before Plato:
Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry
Grace M. Ledbetter

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Introduction: Poetry, Knowledge, and Interpretation 1
Chapter One: Supernatural Knowledge in Homeric Poetics 9
Poetry and Knowledge 15
The Object of Knowledge 19
The Poet 22
The Audience 26
The Sirens 27
Does the Theory Apply to the Poem? 34
Chapter Two: Hesiod's Naturalism 40
Poetry and Skepticism 42
Poetic Therapy as Mimesis 48
Personality in Hesiod 54
Chapter Three: Pindar: The Poet as Interpreter 62
Poetry, Truth, and Deception 68
Poetry and Its Effect 74
Chapter Four: Socratic Poetics 78
A Rhapsode's Knowledge 79
Ion's Virtuosity 84
Poetic Inspiration and Socratic Interpretation (533d-536d) 87
The Rhapsode's Speech (536d-542b) 95
Chapter Five: Toward a Model of Socratic Interpretation 99
Protagoras as Critic 101
Socrates as Sophistic Interpreter 104
The Puzzle 108
Socrates against the Sophists 111
The Oracle, a Socratic Interpretation 114
Bibliographic References 119
Index 125

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