Nobody’s Perfect: A New Text and Interpretation of Simonides PMG 542

  title={Nobody’s Perfect: A New Text and Interpretation of Simonides PMG 542},
  author={Adam Beresford},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={237 - 256}
he discussion of Simonides’ song (PMG 542) in Plato’s Protagoras raises three questions: (1) How should the song be reconstructed? (2) What is Simonides saying? (3) Why does Plato discuss it in the dialogue? The questions depend on one another. To know why Plato is interested in the song we first have to understand it, and for that we have to figure out how to reconstruct it. The first question, however, has not stirred much interest recently. There are now only minor variations in the text of… Expand
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