This paper deals with the positions of three Middle Platonists towards Socrates’ divine sign.
Maximus of Tyre tries to explain away the exceptional character of Socrates’ δαιμόνιον and
hardly deals with the interaction between the philosopher and his divine sign. Apuleius’ general
demonology is much more systematic, yet his more particular interpretation of Socrates’
δαιμόνιον hardly surpasses Maximus’ views. Plutarch’s interpretation in De genio Socratis, on the
other hand, is more interesting from a philosophical perspective, as is shown by an analysis of
the fundamental interpretations proposed by different speakers in this dialogue.