* ALL of the dialogues, with excellent formatting
* ALL of the spurious works in English translation, including texts often missed out of other collections
* individual contents tables for the longer dialogues, enabling you to navigate the texts with ease
* concise introductions for all of the works, giving valuable contextual information
* includes Plato’s epigrams and epistles
* many of the translations have also appeared in the famous Loeb Classical Library editions of Plato
* features translations by Benjamin Jowett
* special Greek pronunciation pages – experience the true sound of Plato’s 2500 year-old wisdom!
* numerous images relating to Plato, his works and the places he lived in
* even includes a special criticism section, with scholarly works assessing Plato’s contribution to the philosophical world
* boasts three biographies by classical writers – explore Plato’s adventurous life!
* includes Diogenes Laërtius’ famous biography
* scholarly ordering of texts, with a front no-nonsense master table of contents
* UPDATED with improved texts and translations
The Spurious Works
THE RIVAL LOVERS
LIST OF EPISTLES
The Greek Texts
PRONOUNCING ANCIENT GREEK
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS
PLATO AND PLATONISM by Walter Horatio Pater
INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY AND WRITINGS OF PLATO by Thomas Taylor
Extract from ‘REPRESENTATIVE MEN’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson
PLATO: LITTLE JOURNEYS TO THE HOMES OF GREAT TEACHERS by Elbert Hubbard
PLATO: LIVES OF THE EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS by Diogenes Laërtius
THE LIFE OF PLATO by Hesychius of Miletus
THE LIFE OF PLATO by Olympiodorus
Plato was the innovator of the dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy, which originate with him. Plato appears to have been the founder of Western political philosophy, with his Republic, and Laws among other dialogues, providing some of the earliest extant treatments of political questions from a philosophical perspective. Plato's own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been Socrates, Parmenides, Heraclitus and Pythagoras, although few of his predecessors' works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself
This illustrated collection contains the following works by Plato:
(free audio-books included)
• Charmides, or Temperance
• Hippias, Lesser
• Hippias, Greater
• The Republic
Works of Disputed Authorship
• Alcibiades I & II
Benjamin Jowett is credited for translating these works into English. While there are many websites online where one may find digital copies of his translations, the source of the copies reproduced for this publication may be found at the online library of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, usable under the freedoms specified by a Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/au/).
Theodorus. And in a little while, Socrates, you will owe me three times as many, when they have completed for you the
delineation of the
Statesman and of the Philosopher, as well as of the Sophist.
Soc. Sophist, statesman, philosopher! O my dear Theodorus, do my ears truly witness that this is the estimate formed of them by the great calculator and geometrician?
Theod. What do you mean, Socrates?
Soc. I mean that you rate them all at the same value, whereas they are really separated by an interval, which no geometrical ratio can express.
Theod. By Ammon, the god of Cyrene, Socrates, that is a very fair hit; and shows that you have not forgotten your geometry. I will retaliate on you at some other time, but I must now ask the Stranger, who will not, I hope, tire of his goodness to us,
either with the Statesman or with the Philosopher, whichever he prefers.
Stranger. That is my duty, Theodorus; having begun I must go on, and
not leave the work unfinished. But what shall be done with Theaetetus?
Phaedrus. I come from Lysias the son of Cephalus, and I am going to take a walk outside the wall, for I have been sitting with him
the whole morning; and our common friend Acumenus tells me that it is much more refreshing to walk in the open air than to be shut up
in a cloister.
Soc. There he is right. Lysias then, I suppose, was in the town? Phaedr. Yes, he was staying with Epicrates, here at the house of
Morychus; that house which is near the temple of Olympian Zeus.