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For a long time the discussion was dominated by Goethe's view that Ion, as a personage, is so stupid that Plato cannot possibly have created him to act as a serious opponent of Socrates. The main objective of Moore's paper is to show that the dramatic date often anachronistically assigned to the dialogue, viz. sometime between 394 and 391, and the near contemporaneous date of composition usually connected with it, are based upon invalid arguments, his main counter-argument being that the rule of Athens over Ephesus mentioned at 541c cannot possibly refer to the years 394-391. This book presents a number of observations on the form, or rather the terminology of the Ion, that may be of some use for establishing its affinities and thus its position in the Platonic corpus.

Keywords: Ion; Moore; Plato



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