Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

A Transfer Of Energy: Lyric Eros In Phaedrus

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

A fundamental theme runs through the three speeches on love in Plato's Phaedrus: love's power. In exploring this theme Plato draws on the language of love shaped by the Greek poetic tradition whereby love holds and exercises a dangerous influence upon the lover. This chapter reviews lyric language for love's power, and then shows how this serves as a basis for the first approaches to the theme in Lysias' speech and Socrates' first speech. Turning to the narrative of Socrates' second speech, the chapter shall shows how specific lyric allusions support the account of tripartition. Finally, the chapter explains how Plato in the final episode of the myth breaks with the poetic tradition to reveal the correct way to convert the energy of erôs.

Keywords: Phaedrus; Platonic erôs; tripartite soul



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Plato and the Poets — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation