Wine and ecstasy in Plato: a metaphor of sorts and its early reception

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In this book I explore metaphors about wine consumption in Plato, seeking to determine the cultural influences that enabled the metaphor of Socratic inebriation, its parameters, and its civic implications. I also trace the reception of the metaphor among Plato’s heirs to the mid of the Roman Imperial period, outlining its persistent dynamic and its transformations. By engaging with the distinct categories of inebriation and drunkenness, I retrace the radical dichotomy in Greek culture between a negative evaluation of drunkenness as falling away from reason and losing self-control and the parallel development of a positive construal of inebriation as a way of altering human consciousness and transcending the limitations of human reason.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSUNY Cortland
Number of pages470
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2025


  • Plato
  • Platonic reception
  • inebriation
  • drunkenness
  • metaphor
  • ecstasy
  • cognitive phenomenology


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