Socrates and Zalmoxis on Drugs, Charms, and Purification

@article{Mcpherran2004SocratesAZ,
  title={Socrates and Zalmoxis on Drugs, Charms, and Purification},
  author={Mark L. Mcpherran},
  journal={Apeiron},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={11 - 34}
}
Plato's Charmides often leaves first-time readers with the impression that it is very much a lighthearted foray into a medley of elenctic moments and Socratic tenets, rather than the complex drama it actually is — one whose subtext includes the underground themes of personal ambition, coercion, sexual desire, illness, and death. The dialogue's own response to these troublesome aspects of human experience is, arguably, very much to be found within the same dramatic frame that contains them, in… Expand
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