Plato's frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it. Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Eric Havelock shows that Plato's hostility is explained by the continued domination of the poetic tradition in contemporary Greek thought.

Preface to Plato 1982, Belknap Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674699069

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Preface to Plato 1963, Belknap Press

ISBN-13: 9780674699007