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Hésiode versus Homère : Les travaux et les jours, toile de fond des Lois de Platon

Abstract : Whereas Homer, whose epic had provided the tragic poets with the matter for their works, is dismissed from the divine city of the Republic, the Hesiod of the Works and Days is on the contrary the poet that Plato draws on to model the best possible human constitution in Laws, which he says in Book VII is « the most beautiful and true tragedy ». In order to demonstrate this, this article draws on the explicit citations of the Hesiodic poem in Laws, and aims to highlight the implicit references and thematic parallels between these two texts, both of which advocate a just life as the condition of happiness.
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Létitia Mouze. Hésiode versus Homère : Les travaux et les jours, toile de fond des Lois de Platon. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2017, N.S.15, pp.307-327. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.4737⟩. ⟨halshs-02111995⟩

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