A Plato reader : eight essential dialogues by Plato

By Plato

A Plato Reader bargains 8 of Plato's best-known works--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic--unabridged, expertly brought and annotated, and in extensively well-known translations by means of C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.

The assortment beneficial properties Socrates as its valuable personality and a version of the tested lifestyles. Its diversity permits us to work out him in motion in very various settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues touching on his trial and dying, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic.

Of Reeve's translation of this ultimate masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking complete benefit of S. R. Slings' new Greek textual content of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation either actual and limpid. Loving cognizance to aspect and deep familiarity with Plato's notion are obtrusive on each web page. Reeve's magnificent selection to forged the discussion into direct speech produces a compelling impact of immediacy unrivaled through different English translations at the moment available."

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I’ve spoken it without concealing or glossing over anything, whether great or small. And yet I pretty much know that I make enemies by doing these very things. And that’s further evidence that I’m right—that this is the prejudice against me and these its causes. Whether you investigate these matters now or later, you’ll find it to be so. Enough, then, for my defense before you against the charges brought by my first accusers. Next, I’ll try to defend myself against Meletus—who is, he claims, both good and patriotic—and against my later accusers.

I tried to persuade each of you to care first not about any of his possessions, but about himself and how he’ll become best and wisest; and not primarily about the city’s possessions, but about the city itself; and to care about all other things in the same way. What, then, do I deserve to suffer for being such a man? Something good, men of Athens, if I’m indeed to propose a penalty that I truly deserve. Yes, and the sort of good thing, too, that would be appropriate for me. What, then, is appropriate for a poor man who is a public benefactor and needs to have the leisure to exhort you?

19 After the naval battle at Arginusae on the Ionian coast of Asia Minor (406 BCE), ten Athenian generals were indicted for failing to rescue survivors and to pick up the bodies of the dead. Both Council and Assembly voted to try them as a group, which was against Athenian law. indb 36 7/20/12 10:24 AM Apology 37 This happened when the city was still under democratic rule. But later, when the oligarchy had come to power, it happened once more. The Thirty 20 summoned me and four others to the Tholus21 and ordered us to arrest Leon of Salamis22 and bring him from Salamis to die.

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