The Journal of Hellenic Studies

Research Article

Philosophy and rhetoric in the Menexenus

Lucinda Coventrya1

a1 Somerville College Oxford

Plato's Menexenus opens with a scene of typical Socratic interest in the young, as Socrates questions Menexenus about his activities and intentions. This scene, however, I would suggest, is not simply an illustration of Socrates' characteristic behaviour, forming a suitable introduction to this or any other dialogue. Its relation to the work as a whole is closer than this: it raises a question with which the Menexenus may best be understood as being essentially concerned.