Performance and Culture in Plato's Laws by Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

By Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

This quantity is devoted to an interesting Platonic paintings, the legislation. most likely the final discussion Plato wrote, the legislation represents the philosopher's such a lot totally built perspectives on many an important questions that he had raised in past works. but it is still a mostly unread and underexplored discussion. Abounding in specified and worthy references to bop and song, customs and norms, the legislation turns out to indicate a accomplished version of tradition for the complete polis - whatever remarkable in Plato. This particularly wealthy dialogue of cultural concerns within the legislation calls for the scrutiny of students whose services is living past the limits of natural philosophical inquiry. the amount deals contributions by means of fourteen students who paintings within the broader components of literary, cultural, and function stories.

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Musical identity – even its most quintessentially and proudly ‘Greek’ components, the choral lyric performance and the stalwart Dorian-athletic-militaristic conduct that it is supposed to ­foster – come originally from the East; thus, the oldest and best Greek nomoi are not really indigenous and autochthonous at all but foreign-bred or at least hybrid. At the same time, side-by-side with all these stories of musical importations and immigrations, there existed also quite different traditions of homegrown musical authenticity and indigenous origin.

This is the result, it is said, of excessive or inappropriate instruction in mathematics without a corresponding attention to ‘lessons designed to remove the appetite for wealth and unfree pursuits’ (ἀνελευθερίαν καὶ φιλοχρηματίαν, 747b), and the Egyptians are compared in this respect with the Phoenicians. ) and Platonic Values How are we, in any case, supposed to correlate ‘wisdom’ (sophia), ‘music’ (mousike and choroi), and ‘laws’ (nomoi) – in relation to Plato’s epistemological theories? And to what degree is Plato committed in the Laws to the ideal of a single, universally best 42 � Cretan Harmonies and Universal Morals ‘harmony’ that should be studied and established for all?

Indeed, in the Laws, Crete and the Cretans, the setting and the people, whether uniform or multiform, are both geographically and culturally of central significance; and the new foundation of Magnesia, planned by an Athenian, is to be carefully chosen for optimal geography and climate. It will include representatives from many different cities all over Crete and even beyond (707e–708d), and it will be located in a specific place, in the southeast of the island, about ten miles from the coast (702c–705c).

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