Last Days of Socrates

ISBN-10: 0140455493
ISBN-13: 9780140455496
Edition: 2010
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Description: ‘Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just’ Plato’s account of Socrates’ trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

‘Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just’ Plato’s account of Socrates’ trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one’s self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skilful discussion of immortality.Christopher Rowe’s introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book’s themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato’s Socratic philosophy.

Christopher Rowe is professor of Greek at the University of Durham.

Harold Tarrant is Professor of Classics and Head of the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His publications include Plato's First Interpreters (2000) and Recollecting Plato's Meno (2005), both published by Bloomsbury.

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

Chronology
Acknowledgements
General Introduction
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
A Note on the Text and Translation
Introduction to Euthyphro
Euthyphro
Introduction to the Apology
The Apology of Socrates ('Socrates' Defence')
Introduction to Crito
Crito
Introduction to Phaedo
Phaedo
Notes

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