Apolonio, Sócrates y Dión de Prusa: la prosa con Esopo

Pedro Ipiranga Júnior


In antiquity, writers such as Plato, Philostratus and Dion of Prusa include in their investigations on discourse (logos) theoretical reflections, to a greater or lesser extent, systematized on poetry and poetic art. Theorizing about prose speeches, on the other hand, does not receive a specialized treatment directed to the analysis of its own purpose, configuration and forms of evaluation, even though it is possible to find the enunciation of some more general guidelines. The figure of Aesop, however, receives a treatment from these three thinkers that shows a way of discussing prose. Aesop thus becomes a catalyst and a kind of distinctive sign for the assessment and status of prose discourse, in particular, or for poetic-literary discourse, more generally. In this work, I intend to analyze specific passages of works by Plato (Phaedo), Philostratus (Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Imagines) and Dion of Prusa (Discourses XII, XXXII, XXXIII, LXXII), in which the mention and use of the figure of Aesop is instrumental in discussing the purpose, the qualities and the characteristic features of a prose speech with artistic pretensions.

Palabras clave

Aesop, Apollonius of Tyana; Phaedo; prose in Antiquity; Dio of Prusa; Philostratus; Plato

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