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This chapter focuses on interaction between the oral communication in Proclus's school and the written performance of his commentaries. In analysing in particular Proclus' commentary on Hesiod's Works and Days from the perspective of neo-Platonic allegoresis, the chapter argues that the commentary belongs to the exoteric part of his production intended for a broader audience rather than simply for the oral academic circle that inspired it. Philosophers such as Pythagoras and Socrates preferred to pass on their teaching orally. Plato imitated Socrates' method in his written dialogues. In neo- Platonic schools orality became a complementary tool to teaching and propaganda.

Keywords:Hesiod; Proclus; works and days



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