Published Works

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Selected Works by Seth Benardete
(in chronological order)
July 27, 2016

“The Daimonion of Socrates: A Study of Plato’s Theages,” Master’s Thesis, University of Chicago, 1953.

“Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero,” Ph.D. dissertation. University of Chicago, 1955. Reprinted in St. John’s Review in two parts: Spring 1985: 31–58; Part II, Summer 1985: 85–114. Also published by St. Augustine’s Press (2005) in cloth and paperback.

Aeschylus’ Suppliant Maidens and Persians. Translation. University of Chicago Press, 1957.

“Plato’s Sophist 231b1–7,” Phronesis 5, no. 3 (1960): 129–139.

“Vat. Gr. 2181: An Unknown Aristophanes MS,” Harvard Studies (1962): 241–48.

“Achilles and the Iliad,” Hermes 91, no. 1 (1963): 1–16. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action: Essays on Greek Poetry and Philosophy by Seth Benardete, edited by Ronna Burger and Michael Davis, University of Chicago Press, 2000.

“The Right, the True, and the Beautiful,” Glotta, 41 nos. 1–2 (1963): 54–62.

Eidos and Diaeresis in Plato’s Statesman,” Philologus 107, nos. 3–4 (1963): 193–226.

“Some Misquotations of Homer in Plato,” Phronesis 8, no. 2 (1963): 173–78.

“The Crimes and Arts of Prometheus,” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 107, no. 2, (1964): 126–139.

“Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus.” In Ancients and Moderns, 1–15, New York: Basic Books, 1964. Reprinted in Sophocles: Twentieth Century Views, edited by Thomas Woodard, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1966. Also reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

XRH and DEI in Plato and Others,” Glotta 43, nos. 3–4 (1965): 285–98.
“Two Passages in Aeschylus’ Septem.” In two parts: Wiener Studien, NF 1 (1967): 22-30, NF 2 (1968): 5–17.

“Hesiod’s Works and Days: A First Reading,” Agon 1 (1967): 150–174.

“The Aristeia of Diomedes and the Plot of the Iliad,” Agon 2 (1968): 10–38. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

Herodotean Inquiries. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1969. New edition with “Second Thoughts,” South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 1999.

“On Plato’s Timaeus and Timaeus’ Science Fiction,” Interpretation 2, no. 1 (Summer 1971): 21‑63.

Review of H. Lloyd-Jones, Justice of Zeus, Library Journal (November 15, 1971): 140.

Review of H. Lloyd-Jones’s translation of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, American Journal of Philology 93, no. 4 (1972): 633–635.

“Aristotle de anima III.3–5,” Review of Metaphysics, 28, no. 4 (June 1975): 611–622.

“A Reading of Sophocles’ Antigone.” In three parts: Interpretation 4, no. 3 (Spring 1975): 148‑196; 5, no. 1 (Summer 1975): 1–55; 5, no. 2 (Winter 1975): 148–184. Reprinted as Sacred Transgressions: A Reading of Sophocles’ Antigone, South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 1999.

“Euripides’ Hippolytus.” In Essays in Honor of Jacob Klein, 21–27, Annapolis: St. John’s College Press, 1976. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“The Grammar of Being,” Review of Metaphysics 30, no. 3 (1977): 486–496.

“On Wisdom and Philosophy: The First Two Chapters of Aristotle’s Metaphysics A,” Review of Metaphysics, 32, no. 2 (Dec. 1978): 205–215. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Leo Strauss’s The City and Man,” Political Science Reviewer 8 (1978): 1–20. “On Greek Tragedy.” In The Great Ideas Today, 102–143. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 1980. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Plato’s Phaedo,” ms. 1980. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Physics and Tragedy: On Plato’s Cratylus,” Ancient Philosophy 1, no. 2 (1981): 172-140. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“The Furies of Aeschylus,” ms. 1982. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

The Being of the Beautiful: Plato’s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman. Translation and commentary. University of Chicago Press, 1984. Paperback in 3 volumes with a new introduction, 1986.

“On Interpreting Plato’s Charmides,” New School Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 11 (1986): 9–36. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

Symposium. Translation. In The Dialogues of Plato, 231–86, New York: Bantam Books, 1986.

Review of M. Giraedeau, Les notions juridiques et socials chez Herodote, Gnomon 58, no. 5 (1986): 546–57.

“Cicero’s de legibus I: its Plan and Intention,” American Journal of Philology 108, no. 2 (1987): 295–309.

“Protagoras’ Myth and Logos,” ms. 1988. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

Socrates’ Second Sailing: On Plato’s Republic, University of Chicago Press, 1989. (Cloth; paperback published 1992.)

The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy: Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus, University of Chicago Press, 1991. (Cloth; paperback published 2009.)

“The Plan of the Statesman,” Metis: Revue d’anthropologie du monde grec ancien 7, nos. 1–2 (1992): 25–47. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Plato’s Laches: A Question of Definition,” ms. 1992. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

The Tragedy and Comedy of Life: Plato’s Philebus. Translation and commentary. University of Chicago Press, 1993. (Cloth; paperback published 2009.)

“On Plato’s Sophist,” Review of Metaphysics 46, no. 4 (June 1993): 747–780. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“The Poet-Merchant and the Stranger from the Sea.” The Greeks and the Sea, 59–65, New York: Caratzas, 1993.

“Strauss on Plato,” University of Chicago lecture, 1993. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“On Plato’s Symposium,” Munich: Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, 1994. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“On Plato’s Lysis,” ms. 1994. In The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“The First Crisis in First Philosophy,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18, no. 1 (1995): 237–248. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

The Bow and the Lyre: A Platonic Reading of the Odyssey, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997. (Cloth; printed in paperback, 2008.)

“Plato’s Theaetetus: On the Way of the Logos,” Review of Metaphysics 51, no. 1 (September 1997): 25–53. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Plato, True and False,” The New Criterion, February 1998: 70–74.

“On the Timaeus.” Lecture at The Hannah Arendt/Reiner Schurmann Memorial Symposium in Political Philosophy: “The Philosophy of Leo Strauss,” New School for Social Research, 1999. Reprinted in The Argument of the Action, 2000.

“Metamorphosis and Conversion: Apuleius’s Metamorphoses.” In Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern: Essays in Honor of David Grene, edited by Todd Breyfogle, 155–176. University of Chicago Press, 1999.

“Socrates and Plato: The Dialectics of Eros.” German translation in Über die Liebe, edited by Heinrich Meier and Gerhardt Neumann. Munich: Pieper Verlag, 2000.

Plato’s Laws: The Discovery of Being. University of Chicago Press, 2000. Plato’s Symposium. Translation by Seth Benardete with commentaries by Allan Bloom and Seth Benardete. University of Chicago Press, 2001.

“A. E. Housman.” December 15, 2001. http://www.greekworks.com/content/index.php/weblog/extended/a_e_housman/

Aristotle — On Poetics. Translation by Seth Benardete and Michael Davis. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2002.

Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete. Edited by Ronna Burger. With Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis. University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Chicago, 1955. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2005.

The Being of the Beautiful: Plato’s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman. Translated by Seth Benardete. University of Chicago Press, 2006. (Paperback in a single volume.)

The Bow and the Lyre: A Platonic Reading of the Odyssey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. (Paperback.)

The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy: Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus. University of Chicago Press, 2009. (Paperback.)

The Tragedy and Comedy of Life: Plato’s Philebus. Translation and commentary. University of Chicago Press, 2009. (Paperback.)

Herodotean Inquiries. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2009. (Paperback.)

The Archaeology of the Soul: Readings of Ancient Poetry and Philosophy. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2012.

The Eccentric Core: The Thought of Seth Benardete. Co-edited by Ronna Burger and Patrick Goodin. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016 (forthcoming).