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Traditional and Cosmic Gods in Later Plato and the Early Academy
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This book sheds new light on Plato's cosmology in relation to Greek religion by examining the contested distinction between the traditional and cosmic gods. A close reading of the later dialogues shows that the two families of gods are routinely deployed to organise and structure Plato's accounts of the origins of the universe and of humanity and its social institutions, and to illuminate the moral and political ideals of philosophical utopias. Vilius Bartninkas argues that the presence of the two kinds of gods creates a dynamic, yet productive, tension in Plato's thinking which is unmistakable and which is not resolved until the works of his students. Thus the book closes by exploring how the cosmological and religious ideas of Plato's later dialogues resurfaced in the Early Academy and how the debates initiated there ultimately led to the collapse of this theological distinction.

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  • Traditional and Cosmic Gods in Later Plato and the Early Academy
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Classical Studies - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Traditional and Cosmic Gods in Later Plato and the Early Academy - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures and Tables
    pp ix-x
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
    pp xi-xiii
  • Abbreviations
    pp xiv-xviii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-27
  • Chapter 1 - Plato’s Theogony
    pp 28-86
  • Chapter 2 - Plato’s Anthropogony and Politogony
    pp 87-141
  • Chapter 3 - Plato on Divinity and Morality
    pp 142-206
  • Chapter 4 - Cosmic Religion in the Early Academy
    pp 207-248
  • Conclusions
    pp 249-252
  • References
    pp 253-267
  • Index Locorum
    pp 268-282
  • Subject Index
    pp 283-286


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