In Ancient Greece, especially in Classical Athens, women are generally identified as intellectually inferior beings compared to men. Women are not seen as self-sufficient individuals, and they do not have equal rights with the males of the city. Even though, during Plato’s time the place of women in society is considered inferior to that of men, Plato seems as if he exhibits an egalitarian attitude towards the position of women and men in socio-political life due to some statements about women in his dialogues, The Symposium and The Republic. In The Symposium Plato refers to a wise woman character, Diotima, and in The Republic he proposes women’s active participation in political life. However, when we examine these dialogues, we can demonstrate that Plato in fact explicitly degrades women while placing them in seemingly superior positions, and in this study I will discuss this claim in two main sections. In the first section I will clarify Diotima’s place in The Symposium, and in the second section I will explain the role of women in The Republic. In doing so I will reveal that Plato’s attitude towards the position of women and men in the society is not egalitarian.
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S. IŞIKGİL, “PLATO’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS WOMEN,” 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: