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Platon i wino


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Plato and wine

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Since time immemorial symposiums were held in the Hellenic Republic that, just like drinking wine, fostered memories of past times and discussions on moral topics. Therefore, it is not a surprise that oinos was appreciated by many authors and the motive of wine itself played a significant role in the Greek literature. Naturally, Plato also could not refuse the gift given to the people by Dionysus and talked about wine in several of his dialogues. Plato's considerations of oinos cover indications of etymological nature, typology of symposiums, as well as the effect the drink has on the attitude and activeness of a human being. They also owe a lot to traditional images and Hellenic medical concepts that play an important role in the thinker's discussion on the subject and commonly present oinos as φάρμακον. Does the Dionysus' heavenly gift deserve the Plato's encomium? This study will make an attempt to answer this question.




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