An unexplained overlap between Sophist 232b1-236d4 and Republic X

The case of the sophist as a painter

Keywords: Plato, sophist, image, appearance, imitation, intellect, education


Although most scholars agree that the lexicon of Sophist 232b1-236d4 is similar to that of Republic X, they leave undetermined whether they are theoretically compatible. Notably, both dialogues elucidate the art of imitation through the metaphor of the painter who deceives his pupils through φαντάσματα. I argue that Plato’s conception of imitation of the Republic is not only consistent with that presented in the Sophist, but also importantly integrates it.


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How to Cite
Zucchetti, N. (2020). An unexplained overlap between Sophist 232b1-236d4 and Republic X. Revista Archai, (30), e03014.