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While Plato's Socrates would deny the description of himself as a meteorosophist on the grounds that the term associates him wrongly with the physical philosophers, Aristophanes' meteora are bodies which metaphorically include all lofty knowledge, both about things and about words. In this sense Socrates and Prodicus are rightly grouped together as meteorosophists at Clouds 361. It is possible to make more use of the Clouds as testimony for Prodicus than has hitherto been seen and to reaffirm Nestle's views concerning the general content of the Horae.


Z. Philip Ambrose presented "Socrates and Prodicus in the Clouds" at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the American Philological Association in New York in 1970. A revised version was published in J. P. Anton & A. Preus, eds. 1983. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy vol. 2. SUNY Press. 129-144.

The author is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Vermont. His page is: