In this essay I look at the uses of the middle in the Odyssey by foregrounding the prophecy about the fate of the Phaeacians in its double manifestation in the poem, its report in Book 8 and its fulfillment in Book 13. I argue that this prophecy shows that the middle in the Odyssey can be either fixed or fluctuating, depending on how we interpret the end of the relevant section.
In this work, I argue that in Theaetetus and Alcibiades I Socrates helps the eponymous characters to acquire self-knowledge by practicing dialectic as a divinely assisted art. In both dialogues, self-knowledge is cashed out as mental seeing and involves inspecting the contents of one’s soul and assessing their viability. The article uses the eye/soul analogy of Alcibiades I as a springboard for an examination of a dialectically induced self-knowledge in the dialogue and for a study of the manifestations of this practice in Theaetetus via Socratic midwifery.