Politics, diet and health in the Seventh Letter's medical análogon

Jorge Cano

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Abstract

This article pretends to provide a reading of the Seventh Letter focused on the role that medical terminology plays in it. Leaving aside the unsolvable enigma of Plato's authorship, the letter shows evident connections with fundamental topics from the "last" Plato, particularly in its political aspects. In many passages of the Seventh Letter, the figure of the philosopher as an educator appears covered with medical aspects, and the political situation is defined as a pathology that we must treat according to a therapeutic methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-205
JournalArete
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Ancient Greece
  • Classical political theory
  • Hippocratic medicine
  • Plato
  • Tyranny

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