Why do you guys think the Menexenus uses clearly anachronistic historic details? Besides the reference to Pericles' funeral speech, I haven't been able to make sense of why Socrates would invent (or relay) a speech containing events that happen after his death.
>>7583247 That doesn't really cut it as an explanation. Why would that explain it?
The only other significant instance I'm aware of is the Gorgias, where the historical references become more and more anachronistic over the course of the dialogue, the result being that we end up traversing almost the whole Peloponnesian conflict, relating the philosophical and political concerns to the concerns of the war the whole way. I don't think that explains the whole of it, but that maybe gets at some element there. But again, why do we have that element here in the Menexenus?
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