Title

On the Date of Chaerephon's Visit to Delphi

Keywords

Oracles, Socratic philosophy, Wisdom, Natural philosophy, Theater, Pilgrimages, Trials, Literary dialogue

Abstract

When did the oracle at Delphi tell Chaerephon that no one was wiser than Socrates (if at all)? Scholars have defended dates of 431 B.C.E. or earlier, and 421 or later, but these dates do not accord well with events of Socrates' life. We propose a date of 426, during the sacred truce for the Pythian games.

Original Publication Citation

“On the Date of Chaerephon’s Visit to Delphi.” Phoenix 70 (2016) [published 2017]: 274-289.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-12

Publisher

Phoenix

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Philosophy

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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