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Title: A sticky (γλίσχρος) affaire (Plato, Crat. 435c): Platonists versus Stoics on how (not) to do etymology and allegoresis
Authors: Van den Berg, Robbert. M.
Keywords: PlatoPlatonismStoicismetymologyallegoresis
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Robbert. M. Van den Berg, "Etymology and Identity in the Appendix Tibulliana", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021, pp. 227-247.
Journal: Incontri di filologia classica 
This paper discusses the use of the word γλίσχρος (‘sticky’), which Platonists use to disqualify certain, mostly Stoic, etymologies. I argue that the expression derives from Plato Crat. 435c, a passage in which Socrates sets out a theory of word formation that informs Stoic etymologies. I furthermore suggest that when Neoplatonists use γλίσχρος to reject certain interpretations of Plato’s texts as misguided, this is because these interpretations are reminiscent of Stoic exegetical practices.
Type: Article
ISSN: 2464-8752
eISSN: 2464-8760
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:19. Incontri di filologia classica (2019-2020)

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