Sócrates, como Odiseo, invocador de las almas de los muertos (ψυχαγωγεῖ Σωκράτης …ὥσπερ Οὑδυσσεύς)

Keywords: Socrates, Odysseus, Aristophanes, Plato, Hades, souls

Abstract

The expression ψυχαγωγεῖ Σωκράτης used by Aristophanes in Birds has been interpreted in different ways. However, the fact that the comediographer compares the action of invoking the souls of the dead to Odysseus, ὥσπερ Οὑδυσσεύς, suggests that book 11 of the Odyssey was the model that inspired the scene. Many platonic passages from Protagoras, Republic, Gorgias, Phaedo and Apology explain which could have been the cause of the aristophanic parody: Socrates’ propensity to mention Odysseus in his descriptions of what is awaiting for the souls in Hades after the death.

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Published
2020-08-04
How to Cite
Bordoy, F. (2020). Sócrates, como Odiseo, invocador de las almas de los muertos (ψυχαγωγεῖ Σωκράτης …ὥσπερ Οὑδυσσεύς). PLATO JOURNAL, 20, 177-190. https://doi.org/10.14195/2183-4105_20_13
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