* 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
The Republic, Plato's masterwork, was first enjoyed 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely-read books in the world: as a foundational work of Western philosophy, and for the richness of its ideas and virtuosity of its writing. Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices to be made if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not by the desire for money, power or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom and justice.
Christopher Rowe's accurate and enjoyable new translation remains faithful to the many variations of the Republic's tone, style and pace. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading, an outline of the work's main arguments and an introduction discussing Plato's relationship with Socrates, and the Republic's style, ideas and historical context.
Reeve's Introduction provides a wealth of historical information about Plato and Socrates, and the sexual norms of classical Athens. His introductory essay looks closely at the dialogues themselves and includes the following sections: Socrates and the Art of Love; Socrates and Athenian Paiderastia; Loving Socrates; Love and the Ascent to the Beautiful; The Art and Psychology of Love Explained; and Writing about Love.
"This is a fabulous collection....the translations of Plato's dialogues are the best I've ever read. The introductions are very enlightening." --Bruce Fink, Duquesne University