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Author Rösch, Yvonne
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Publisher UMR7044 - Archimède
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword gender ♦ pederasty ♦ Xenophon ♦ hetaira ♦ hunting ♦ Socrates ♦ genre ♦ Socrate ♦ courtisane ♦ pédérastie ♦ chasse ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Classical studies ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Gender studies ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/History
Abstract Memorabilia III, 11 is a masterly example of Socrates’ ability to combine seriousness with playfulness. By comparing Theodote’s search for so-called “friends” with the hunt for hares (III, 11, 6–9), Socrates describes the heteroerotic matrix of the hetaira’s economics in terms usually associated with male-male relationships. To give Theodote a lesson on the ethical values of friendship (philia), he uses euphemistic language and constantly alternates (gender) roles, being either the philosopher and lover, or the object of desire. Socrates ultimately proves to be a perfect connoisseur of a hetaira’s expertises, witchcraft and alluring talk, easily outdoing the wealthy Theodote herself. By this means, Memorabilia III, 11 offers a delightful picture both of Socratic teaching and of the erotic structure of Socratic philosophy.
ISSN 24183547
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2018-06-27
Journal Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne
Issue Number 5
Page Count 14
Starting Page 57
Ending Page 70