Plutarch. How should young people listen to poets?

29 march, 2022≈ 2 min read


Marta Isabel de Oliveira Várzeas


With De audiendis poetis Plutarch returns to the old debate between poetry and philosophy, radicalized in Plato’s Republic and resolved in Aristotle's Poetics, although never completely overcome. The theme is taken up from the socratic point of view – that of education – and the author insists on the same topoi used by the master – the useful and the pleasant. But, unlike this one, its proposal is to defend and demonstrate the pedagogical potential of poetry as propaedeutic to philosophy.

Publication Date

March 15, 2022

Available at Biblioteca Classica Digitalia