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Last Days of Socrates

ISBN-10: 0140440372

ISBN-13: 9780140440379

Edition: N/A

Authors: Plato, Hugh Tredennick, Hugh Tredennick

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The trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus. In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account.
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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/30/1954
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 1.00" wide x 1.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

Preface
General Introduction
Holiness: Socrates in Confrontation: Euthyphro
Justice and Duty (i): Socrates Speaks at his Trial: the Apology
Justice and Duty (ii): Socrates in Prison: Crito
Wisdom and the Soul: Socrates about to Die: Phaedo
Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedo
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index