Theory of Revision Revisited, with a Note on the Philebus
Drawing on the evidence concerning the practices of revising texts in antiquity, Alieva notes that such a genre as hypomnemata was particularly liable to revisions made both by third parties and by authors themselves. While the label hypomnema in Plato is not yet a fixed genre designation, his use of the term already develops the connotations of philosophic fluidity against the sophistic stability of a syngramma. Plato regularly uses the term hypomnema in connection with his own dialogues, and there is nothing to suggest that he considered them as definitive and fixed. But it is one thing to say that Plato’s texts could plausibly be revised, and another to establish the fact of revision. Taking Philebus as her test-case, the author highlights some compositional oddities of the dialogue and offers stylometric data in support of its revision.