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An Unexpected Meaning of Epistasthai in Plato?

Emily Hulme Kozey

Ormond College, The University of Melbourne

Scholars have observed that epistasthai is used multiple times in Herodotus to mean “to suppose,” where the subject’s conviction is shown immediately to be misguided (e.g., Powell 1938). Ancient philosophy specialists (Vlastos 1957; Burnyeat 2011) have resisted seeing this as a possible meaning in philosophical writers including Plato, but I propose Phaedo 96c as a candidate passage with this sense.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 1: Latin and Greek Literature

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6.5

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