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Sun, Line, and Cave Again

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2009

John Ferguson
Affiliation:
University College, Ibadan

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I Want in this paper briefly to contribute two points to the elucidation of this famous passage, and apologize for the fact that my possessing the same name as one of its most illustrious interpreters may add confusion to the doxographic tradition.

The first point is not an original one. It is simply to revive an interpretation given by Henry Jackson in an article which strikes me as the most profound and pellucid which I have read on the subject, and which is in some danger of being forgotten. Raven, about ten years ago, insisted as a criterion of interpretation that the entire passage should be viewed ‘as a single and indivisible whole’. This is precisely what Jackson does, though he concentrates his attention, as indeed does Raven, on the line and the cave.

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page 188 note 1 See Ferguson, A. S., ‘Plato's Simile of Light’, C.Q. xv (1921), 131 ff.Google Scholar; xvi (1922), 15ff.; ‘Plato's Simile of Light Again’, C.Q. xxviii (1934), 190ff.Google Scholar

page 188 note 2 Jackson, H., ‘On Plato's Republic VI 509 d sqq.’, J. Ph. x (1882), 132ff.Google Scholar

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page 189 note 1 Hackforth, R., Plato's Phaedo, p. 138.Google Scholar

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page 189 note 3 Stocks, J. L., ‘The Divided Line’, C.Q. v (1911), 76.Google Scholar

page 190 note 1 510 b–511 a.

page 190 note 2 510 e.

page 190 note 3 Sir Ross, David, Plato's Theory of Ideas, pp. 4748.Google Scholar

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page 190 note 5 ad loc.

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page 191 note 1 D.L. 3.6.

page 188 note 2 R.-E., s.v. Hermogenes (21).

page 191 note 3 Fr. 1.

page 191 note 4 246 a.

page 191 note 5 ad loc.

page 191 note 6 Sext. Emp. Adv. Dogm. 1. 112.

page 191 note 7 Fr. 3, cf. 8. 34 ff. etc.

page 191 note 8 Fr. 8. 50 ff.

page 191 note 9 Simpl. Phys. 30. 14.

page 191 note 11 517 c.

page 191 note 10 509 d–510 a.

page 191 note 12 513 e.

page 192 note 1 Fr. 1.

page 192 note 2 Lucr. 1. 146.

page 192 note 3 Stocks, J. L., art. cit., p. 82.Google Scholar

page 192 note 4 Fr. 6.

page 192 note 5 515 a–d.

page 192 note 6 Fr. 8. 61.

page 192 note 7 515e;517b.

page 192 note 8 Bowra, C. M., Problems in Greek Poetry, pp. 38ff.Google Scholar

page 192 note 9 Pi. JV. 7. 12–13; Bacch. 8. 20–1, 13. 175–6; cf. also H. Gundert, Pindar und sein Dichterberuf.

page 193 note 1 See Wright, J. H., ‘The Origin of Plato's Cave’, Harv. Stud. Class. Phil, xvii (1906), 130–42.Google Scholar

page 193 note 2 DK 7 B 6.

page 193 note 3 DK 31 B 120.

page 193 note 4 509 b.

page 193 note 5 Fr. 8. 13.

page 193 note 6 Fr. 8. 29.

page 193 note 7 Fr. 8. 36.

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