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Ion 55 editions

Cover of: Ion by Euripides
About the Book

he Ion is the shortest, or nearly the shortest, of all the writings which bear the name of Plato, and is not authenticated by any early external testimony. The grace and beauty of this little work supply the only, and perhaps a sufficient, proof of its genuineness. The plan is simple; the dramatic interest consists entirely in the contrast between the irony of Socrates and the transparent vanity and childlike enthusiasm of the rhapsode Ion. The theme of the Dialogue may possibly have been suggested by the passage of Xenophon's Memorabilia in which the rhapsodists are described by Euthydemus as 'very precise about the exact words of Homer, but very idiotic themselves.' (Compare Aristotle, Met.)

Ion the rhapsode has just come to Athens; he has been exhibiting in Epidaurus at the festival of Asclepius, and is intending to exhibit at the festival of the Panathenaea. Socrates admires and envies the rhapsode's art; for he is always well dressed and in good company--in the company of good poets and of Homer, who is the prince of them. In the course of conversation the admission is elicited from Ion that his skill is restricted to Homer, and that he knows nothing of inferior poets, such as Hesiod and Archilochus;--he brightens up and is wide awake when Homer is being recited, but is apt to go to sleep at the recitations of any other poet. 'And yet, surely, he who knows the superior ought to know the inferior also;--he who can judge of the good speaker is able to judge of the bad. And poetry is a whole; and he who judges of poetry by rules of art ought to be able to judge of all poetry.' This is confirmed by the analogy of sculpture, painting, flute-playing, and the other arts. The argument is at last brought home to the mind of Ion, who asks how this contradiction is to be solved.

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55 editions First published in 1820

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1820, Duncan
Ion
in Latin
Cover of: Ion
1820, Duncan
Ion
in Latin
Cover of: Euripidis Ion
1827, apud Gerhardum Fleischerum
Euripidis Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: [Iōn]
1853, Smith
[Iōn]
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: [In]
1853, Williams
[In]
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: The  ion of Euripides
1866, J. Hall
The ion of Euripides
Cover of: Euripidis Ion
1879, Frederic Norgate
Euripidis Ion
in English - 3d ed.
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1889, Williams and Norgate
The Ion of Euripides
in English
Cover of: Ion
1889, Williams
Ion
in English
Cover of: Ion
1889, Williams
Ion
in English
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1889, Williams and Norgate
The Ion of Euripides
Cover of: Euripidou Ion.
1889, Macmillan
Euripidou Ion.
in Greek
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1890, University Press
The Ion of Euripides
in English
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1890, University Press
The Ion of Euripides
in English
Cover of: Euripidou Ion.
1890, University Press
Euripidou Ion.
in Greek
Cover of: Euripidou Ion.
1890, University Press
Euripidou Ion.
in Greek
Cover of: Euripidou Ion.
1891, Macmillan
Euripidou Ion.
in English - 2d ed.
Cover of: Ion
1896, Clarendon press
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion.
1896, Clarendon Press
Ion.
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1906, Macmillan and Co., limited, The Macmillan Company
The Ion of Euripides
in Ancient Greek - 2d ed
Cover of: Jone [di] Euripide.
1914, G.B. Paravia
Jone [di] Euripide.
in Italian
Cover of: The "Ion" of Euripides
1921, H. Cranton
The "Ion" of Euripides
in English
Cover of: Ion
1924, Les Belles Lettres
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion
1926, Weidmann
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion
1937, Chatto & Windus
Ion
in English
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1937, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Ion
in English
Cover of: Ion
1937, Chatto & Windus
Ion
in English
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1939, The Clarendon Press
Ion
in English
Cover of: Ion
1939, Clarendon Press
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion
1939, The Clarendon Press
Ion
in English
Cover of: Ion.
1948, E.J. Brill
Ion.
in Dutch
Cover of: The  Ion.
1949, Cohen & West
The Ion.
in English
Cover of: The  Ion of Euripides
1949, Cohen & West
The Ion of Euripides
in English
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1950, R. F. Moore Co.
Ion.
in English
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1954, Allen & Unwin
Ion.
in English
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1954, Allen and Unwin, Oxford University Press
Ion.
in English
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1963, The Clarendon Press
Ion
in English
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1963, Clarendon Press
Ion.
in Greek - Edited with introd. and commentary, by A.S. Owen.
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1969, Weidmann
Ion.
in German
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1970, Prentice-Hall
Ion.
in English
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1970, Prentice-Hall
Ion.
in English
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1979, Teubner
Ion
in Ancient Greek
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1979, Teubner
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion
1979, Teubner
Ion
in Ancient Greek
Cover of: Ion
1979, BSB Teubner
Ion
in Ancient Greek - 1. Aufl.
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January 1981, K.G. SAUR VERLAG
Ion
Hardcover in English
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1987, Bristol Classical Press
Ion
in Ancient Greek
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1994, Methuen Drama
Ion
in English
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August 25, 1994, Methuen Publishing, Ltd.
Ion
in English
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1996, Oxford University Press
Ion
in English
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1997, Aris & Phillips
Ion
in English
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2001, Oxford University Press
Ion
in English
Cover of: Ion
June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
Ion
Paperback in English
Cover of: The Ion Of Euripides
July 9, 2006, Kessinger Publishing, LLC
The Ion Of Euripides
Paperback in English
Cover of: The Ion Of Euripides
July 25, 2007, Kessinger Publishing, LLC
The Ion Of Euripides
Hardcover in English

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