Plato's Animals

Gadflies, Horses, Swans, and Other Philosophical Beasts

Edited by Jeremy Bell and Michael Naas

Contributions by Christopher Long, Claudia Baracchi, Sara Brill, S. Montgomery Ewegen, Francisco Gonzalez, H. Peter Steeves, Drew A. Hyland, David Farrell Krell, Marina McCoy, Holly Moore, Michael Naas, Heidi Northwood and Thomas Thorp

Published by: Indiana University Press

270 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253016171
  • Published: May 2015


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253016133
  • Published: May 2015


  • eBook
  • 9780253016201
  • Published: May 2015


Plato's Animals examines the crucial role played by animal images, metaphors, allusions, and analogies in Plato's Dialogues. These fourteen lively essays demonstrate that the gadflies, snakes, stingrays, swans, dogs, horses, and other animals that populate Plato's work are not just rhetorical embellishments. Animals are central to Plato's understanding of the hierarchy between animals, humans, and gods and are crucial to his ideas about education, sexuality, politics, aesthetics, the afterlife, the nature of the soul, and philosophy itself. The volume includes a comprehensive annotated index to Plato's bestiary in both Greek and English.