Friday, August 01, 2014

Plato and Xenophon So Far

I've made a pretty sizable dent in Plato's corpus by this point, two and a half months in, although there are still some fairly hefty dialogues to go (including the two longest). I will be taking a break from Plato of about five days or so to catch my breath (and get some things done for Fall term), and then come back with the relatively short dialogues, Alicibiades Minor and Clitophon, before doing the Symposium (both Plato's and Xenophon's) mid-August and doing the Republic the last week of August; there will no doubt be some additional works fit in around these anchorpoints, but the trilogy of Minos, Laws, and Epinomis will definitely be saved for September. Plato will certainly be entirely done before the end of September.

Plato: Widely Recognized as Authentic

Phaedrus: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Hippias Minor
Gorgias: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Timaeus: Part I, Part II
Menexenus: Part I, Part II
Phaedo: Part I, Part II

Plato: Heavily Disputed

Alcibiades Major

Plato: Usually Regarded as Spurious

The Platonic Definitions
Rival Lovers
De Justo
De Virtute

Memorabilia: Book I, Book II, Book III, Book IV

Related Posts

Some Thoughts Toward Reading Plato's Dialogues
The Golden Villain of Athens
Sydenham's Scheme for the Platonic Dialogues
Hermocrates: A Non-Reading
The Last Days of Socrates
Philosophos: A Non-Reading

Still to do

Plato: Parmenides, Philebus, Symposium, Alcibiades Minor, Protagoras, Hippias Major, Clitophon, Republic, Minos, Laws, Epinomis, Epistles, Epigrams

Xenophon: Symposium, Oeconomicus, Hiero, Cyropaedia, Cynegeticus (probably), Anabasis (probably), Agesilaus (possibly), Constitution of Sparta (possibly), Hellenica (possibly, but probably only if I can do Thucydides' History as well), Hipparchikos (if time allows), Hippike (if time allows), Poroi (if time allows)

Aristophanes: The Clouds

Plutarch: Socrates' Daimonion, Life of Socrates (possibly)

Apuleius: The God of Socrates (possibly)

Libanius: Defense of Socrates (probably)


  1. Greta4:39 PM

    I am back! And just caught up and finished Phaedo - as usual, so thankful for this series for serving as motivation behind timely reading. In the next few days, may I add comments belatedly to your posts if I am so inspired? I might also just write a blog post (blogging has come second to extra extra reading, i.e. on top of other reading). Sorry to be so chatty, I think I am just so happy to be caught up...not so much for being caught up as for having notes all in one notebook of these dialogues, there is so much that could be put to use in other work one does.
    May I please confirm, and only if it is an appropriate question, whether the next readings, in order, are those that appear at the top of this post (A.M., C. and S.)?
    Thank you, as always!

  2. branemrys4:50 PM

    By all means! Feel free to comment on any of them.

    I can definitely confirm that Alcibiades Minor and Clitophon are next. There will probably be at least one other dialogue between these two and Symposium, but I haven't decided yet what it will be.

  3. Greta2:49 PM

    Thank you very much for allowing me to come along with your readings! I saved your posts on the readings until after I had read them, so tomorrow when I read them if I have comments I will feel very grateful for your invitation and leave them. Thank you for the heads up on the coming readings - I asked because I wish also to gauge a bit of time for a tiny break. May I end by wishing you a wonderful weekend.


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