This paper examines Plato’s use of wine-drinking as an underrated paradigm for discussing the temperament of the tyrannical man in the Republic and the Symposium. I argue that Plato found in the Syracusan tyrants, with whom he had recurrent interaction from 388 BCE onwards, a striking example of the interplay between tyranny, philosophy, and drinking. Given the consensus on the composition date of the Republic around 380 BCE, and regardless of whether book 1 was originally written as a separate dialogue, my paper corroborates the view that Plato’s tyrannical man in book 9 was modelled on Dionysius I and his son, Dionysius II, whose penchant for heavy drinking was notorious.
|Title of host publication||Agon|
|Subtitle of host publication||heritage of Western Greece|
|Place of Publication||Sioux City|
|Publisher||Parnassos Press- Fonte Aretusa|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|
Anagnostou-Laoutides, E. (Accepted/In press). A toast to virtue: drinking competitions, Plato, and the Sicilian tyrants. In Agon: heritage of Western Greece Sioux City: Parnassos Press- Fonte Aretusa.