Dancing with the gods: the myth of the chariot in Plato's Phaedrus

TitleDancing with the gods: the myth of the chariot in Plato's Phaedrus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBelfiore, E
Ancient AuthorsPlato Phil. (TLG 0059)
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology

In Plato's Phaedrus, Socrates compares the soul to a team of two horses, one obedient and one unruly, driven by a human charioteer. This article argues that essential clues to the psychological ideas expressed in this myth are provided by the imagery of the dance and that of the unruly horse, which resembles not only a satyr but also Socrates himself. Satyrs are daimonic beings with the ability to mediate between mortals and gods. They can thus represent qualities that are essential to the psychic equilibrium of a soul moving in what Socrates characterizes as choral dances led by the gods. [http://muse.jhu.edu/article/200284/pdf]


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