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Jowett's edition (free) a better overall choice
on October 1, 2014
When it comes to translating Plato, or trying to understand the mind of someone who wrote 2400 years ago, more modern isn't necessarily better. And for sure: having an "idiomatic translation understandable to modern readers" is, in the case of Plato, an absurd goal. One must be prepared to work ones mind to understand Plato. That's the point.
Benjamin Jowett's third edition (1892) of Plato's complete works is free and available all over the internet. This has the advantage of a single translator, which insures consistency. Jowett's language might be considered a little dated, but that same quality lends it a dignity lacking in modern vernacular translations.
Further, the more you move into the 20th century, the deeper the heresy of radical rationalism goes. Jowett wrote in a more congenial time when scholars were still permitted to allow that human beings had a soul.