Course Program

The course aims at introducing the students to some recent innovative approaches to the study of the language of Plato. The students will be asked to apply some of these methods to the text of Aeschylus. The topics discussed in the course include: linguistic characterisation of speakers; sociolinguistics; word order; pragmatic; conversation analysis; stylometry; the language of metaphors; narrative vs dialogue. The seminar discuss these linguistic and literary approaches with special reference to the Symposium, Phaedo, Phaedrus and Republic


Bibliographic references

Adam, J. (1902) The Republic of Plato, Cambridge

Bakker, E. J. (2010) A companion to the ancient Greek language, Malden

Bonazzi, M. (2011) Platone: Fedro, Torino

Brandwood, L. (1990) The chronology of Plato's dialogues, Cambridge

Brown, P. and Levinson, S. C. (1987) Politeness: some universals in language usage, Cambridge

Centrone, B. and Nucci, M. (2009) Platone: Simposio, Torino

Ferrari, G. R. F., (2007). The Cambridge companion to Plato's Republic. Cambridge

Hills, D. (2011). "Metaphor." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2011 Edition), from <>.

Hunter, R. L. (2004) Plato's Symposium, Oxford

Hunter, R. L. (2012) Plato and the traditions of ancient literature: the silent stream, Cambridge

Jowett, B. and Campbell, L. (1894) Plato's Republic, Oxford

Knowles, M. and Moon, R. (2006) Introducing metaphor, London

Ledger, G. R. (1989) Re-counting Plato: a computer analysis of Plato's style, Oxford

Lesher, J. H., Nails, D. and Sheffield, F. C. C. (2006) Plato's Symposium: issues in interpretation and reception, Washington, DC

Rowe, C. J. (1993) Plato: Phaedo, Cambridge

Rutherford, R. B. (1995) The art of Plato: ten essays in Platonic interpretation, Cambridge, Mass.

Sidnell, J. (2010) Conversation analysis: an introduction, Malden

Sidnell, J. and Stivers, T. (2012) The Handbook of Conversation Analysis, Malden

Thesleff, H. (1967) Studies in the styles of Plato, Helsinki

Thesleff, H. (1982) Studies in Platonic chronology, Helsinki

Thesleff, H. (2009) Platonic patterns: a collection of studies, Las Vegas

Trabattoni, F. and Martinelli Tempesta, S. (2011) Platone: Fedone, Torino

Tulli, M. and Erler, M., (2016). Plato in Symposium. Selected papers from the tenth Symposium Platonicum Pisa, Sankt Augustin

Vegetti, M. (1998-) Platone: La repubblica, Napoli

Yunis, H. (2011) Plato: Phaedrus, Cambridge





Knowledge of ancient Greek