Re-counting Plato: a computer analysis of Plato's style

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - History - 254 pages
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In this revolutionary new study, G.R. Ledger applies the statistical methods of stylometry to a number of ancient authors. By taking as the set of variables the occurrence of particular letters of the alphabet, Ledger comes far closer to being able to identify the works of particular authors than previous stylometric studies based on individual word counts. A preliminary analysis examines the work of several Greek authors of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., and is followed by an extensive, detailed examination of the Platonic corpus. From this, Ledger draws new conclusions about the authenticity of the dubious dialogues and the chronology of the entire corpus.

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