The tragedy and comedy of tyranny: Plato's Symposium and aristophanes's frogs

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Abstract

Diogenes Laërtius reports Socrates saying that beauty is a “short-lived tyranny.”1 Ironically, the beauty of Plato's Symposium immortalized the tyranny within. I argue that theoretical reflection, especially concerning Plato's dialogues, must be understood in tandem with our reflection on the theater of life-its beauty and its terror. The dramatic structure of the Symposium comes into focus under the lens of Aristophanes's humor, which exposes tyranny in the Symposium and Athens in the fourth century BCE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-225
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophy and Literature
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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