Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Gorgias, Menexenus

ISBN-10: 0300044887

ISBN-13: 9780300044881

Edition: 1984

Authors: R. E. Allen, Plato

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This initial volume in a series of new translations of Plato’s works includes a general introduction and interpretive comments for the dialogues translated: the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Gorgias, and Menexenus.   "Allen’s work is very impressive.  The translations are readable, lucid, and highly accurate.  The general introduction is succinct and extremely clear.  The discussion of the dating of the dialogues is enormously useful; there has previously been no brief account of these issues to which one could refer the student.  Finally, the particular introductions are first rate: fine jobs of clear philosophical and historical explanation--succinct and yet sophisticated, both close to the text and philosophically incisive.”--Martha Nussbaum, Brown University "This is an important work that deserves our respect and attention.”--Ethics  "This and the promised succeeding volumes will probably become the standard English version of the complete dialogues.... The commentaries take advantage of the best scholarship, judge judiciously between divergent views, and often introduce new and brilliant interpretations.  This is true both in the area of philosophy and in that of literary criticism.”--Anthony C. Daly, S.J., Modern Schoolman  "Allen is a superb translator, whose elegantly simple yet precise language gives access to Plato both as a philosopher and as a literary artist.”--Library Journal  "An important event in the world of scholarship.”--London Review of Books  R.E. Allen is professor of classics and philosophy at Northwestern University. 
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/10/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
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.

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