Ion: Rhapsody and Knowledge

In the Ion, Socrates’s interlocutor is Ion, a decorated rhapsode of Homer’s poetry, a performer and interpreter of Homer’s works. Socrates greets him by saying how he envies the craft of rhapsody: not only does Ion dress beautifully, and recite Homer’s verse beautifully, but he can also “speak beautifully” about Homer’s thoughts. It is this […]

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