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Plato’s dialogues present a definitional challenge for narratologists. Plato’s Socrates is an exemplar of the philosophical life and his depiction is carefully calculated to underline the most important aspects of this lifestyle. Iterative narration and repetition show Socrates and his interlocutors living in a world where both intellectuals and ordinary citizens are concerned with a recurring set of problems about how to live their lives. The issue of time in Platonic narrative is linked to the issue of the operation of time in mortal life. The immortal human soul is encased in a time-bound shell and subject to the laws of the physical world, yet its best destiny is to free itself from these constraints.

Keywords: analepsis; Laches; Plato; prolepsis; Socrates



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