I am grateful to Swarthmore College for a Mary Alberston Faculty Fellowship in 1997–98, when I began work on this book.
In his graduate seminars on the Iliad and the Odyssey, Pietro Pucci encouraged my first work on Homer and provided the inspiring example of his distinctive fusion of close textual work with provocative theoretical and literary analysis. He has my gratitude and profound admiration.
My efforts in this project to combine literary with philosophical analysis could have had no more exacting magisterial guides than Jenny Strauss Clay and Julius Moravcsik. Each offered detailed and invaluable suggestions at several different stages. Their encouragement, generosity, and independence of mind made it possible for me to stand by my own thoughts and ideas.
Earlier versions of several chapters benefited from comments by audiences at the University of Pennsylvania, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Swarthmore College, and Haverford College. Sarah Raff's comments led me to improve each of the first three chapters. Robert Sklenar read an earlier version of chapter 1 and gave me useful comments. David Mankin provided steadfast friendship, as always, and guided my project toward publication. John Paul Christy's skillful assistance lifted many of the burdens of completing the manuscript. I am grateful also to Chuck Myers of Princeton University Press for his humane professionalism.
In translating from the Greek, I have relied heavily on Richmond Lattimore's Iliad and Odyssey, Norman O. Brown's Theogony, William Race's Loeb edition of Pindar, Paul Woodruff's Ion, and Stanley Lombardo's and Karen Bell's Protagoras.
The greatest thanks belong to my husband, Charles Raff, whose tireless support, intellectual companionship, and commitment to the highest standards of thought sharpened my own thinking about Socrates and the Greek poets.