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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.

55 editions First published in 1820

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

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