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Selected Dialogues of Plato

The Benjamin Jowett Translation

Selected Dialogues of Plato( )
Author: Plato,
Introduction by: Pelliccia, Hayden
Translator: Jowett, Benjamin
Series title:Modern Library Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-375-75840-9
Publication Date:Sep 2001
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Imprint:Modern Library
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $16.00
Book Description:

Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right. In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett's renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett's best features and Plato's own masterly style. Gathered here are many of Plato's liveliest and richest texts. Ion takes up the question of poetry and introduces the Socratic method. Protagoras discusses poetic interpretation and shows why...
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Book Details
Pages:352
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.265 x 7.8 x 0.819 Inches
Book Weight:0.64 Pounds
Author Biography
Plató (Author)
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 stepfather. 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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