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Plato (c. 427–347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

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


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


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

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CLC on July 3, 2013
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An amazing book, although I have my reservations about the translation style. The author tried make it contemporary, and while I appreciate that there is a limit on what you can do without destroying the actual spirit of the writings of Plato. I managed to read an older translation (circa 1969) and appreciated that version much better. There seems to be a hot-bed of argument regarding the translation process of books the farther you go back in time. I don't intend to get into a philosophical debate when rating this as it is the matter of the book and not what is inside. If you prefer to read books with a more modern slant on translation then certainly this book will suit your needs. However if you desire for a more older English that reaches a larger vocabulary palate then I suggest looking somewhere else.
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By Dieter Schaubert on November 14, 2013
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The foundation for western thinking and dialectic method. The introduction and annotations are essential for us who do not know classic Greek.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on February 15, 2012
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I wish I had read these 4 dialogues before they made us work through The Republic back in school. Plato can seem so distant and archaic so much of the time, but here there is an actual sense of human urgency: Socrates is about to die. A lot of times the dialogues feel completely neutered from any real world concern, you just see these people walking around, having their abstract little discussions as Socrates schools them all. But here you see those discussions finally grounded by a frank acknowledgement and confrontation with mortality. This is the last chance he will ever have to say anything, and everyone knows it. Plenty of subsequent works of philosophy offer more compelling, accessible arguments, but few can match the pathos and immediacy of a condemned man having a few last words with his friends before he carries out the death sentence against himself. I don't know if this is the best place to start reading Plato, but it's certainly one of the most humane
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alimber on February 12, 2014
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I bought this book for my philosophy course. So far everything that had been discussed is great. I personally am very attracted to Plato's theory of Duality(probable not necessarily a "theory"). Phaedo is also a remarkable read in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something great to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Dhaliwal on August 22, 2014
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Looks great and shipped quickly! Thanks!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David George Moore on June 30, 2011
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Too many are put off by the perception that ancient, Greek thought is too highfalutin. Granted, some of it is tough sledding, but this is not. There are even some humorous moments along the way.
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