SAPERE XVI: On the daimonion of Socrates. Human liberation, divine guidance and philosophy

- Plutarch

On the daimonion of Socrates. Human liberation, divine guidance and philosophy, eingeleitet, übersetzt und mit interpretierenden Essays versehen von Heinz-Günther Nesselrath / Donald A. Russell / George Cawkwell / Werner Deuse / John M. Dillon / Robert Parker / Christopher Pelling / Stephan Schröder, Tübingen 2010.

Plutarch’s dialogue On the daimonion of Socrates is a unique combination of exciting historical romance and serious philosophical and religious discussion: A narrator from Boeotian Thebes tells his Athenian friend how Thebes was liberated from Spartan domination in a fateful night of midwinter 379/8 BC and connects this with the retelling of a fascinating philosophical discussion about the famous daimonion of Socrates in the afternoon and evening before. Besides presenting an introduction, a revised Greek text, and a new English translation (with copious notes), the volume offers a range of essays on themes providing further insights into this masterly literary piece: on the historical, religious and philosophical background and on thematic connections with other works by Plutarch.

Corrigenda for SAPERE XVI On the daimonion of Socrates.


  • R. Lamberton, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 07.11 (2010).
  • B. Effe, Gymnasium 117 (2010), S. 384-385.
  • T. Rieter, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 74 (2012), S. 147-148.
  • M.-A. Gavray, L'Antiquité Classique 80 (2011), S. 277-278.

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