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Protagoras (World's Classics) Paperback – December 19, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: World's Classics
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192823302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192823304
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,674,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very readable translation that conveys both the philosophical and the dramatic context better than any existing translation. It is extremely accurate in conveying the movement of the argument and in noting significant points of philosophical usage. . . . I am very impressed with the vividness and the easy flow of the prose. --John Cooper, Princeton University

--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo G. Catz on August 29, 2014
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much ado about nothing......
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2003
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The most outstanding thing about this book is the translation. Absolutely horrific. The author seems to have tried to modernize the language so it would be accessible to a wider reading audience. Probably an audience of ghetto high school students since charaters are saying things like "What's up?", "It's pretty obvious", and "I guess so." This translation is not worth buying for personal reading, nor is it appropriate to college courses.
That said, the 27 page introduction is quite good and worth reading. It should have been published as a separate essay.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on March 17, 2012
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This was a much more difficult and unrewarding read than I would have thought. The loops of rhetoric that Socartes and Protagoras weave around each other, while occasionally intriguing, often seem clumsy and confused, especially about how to respond to one another. I guess its useful in that it shows that misunderstanding worked in the ancient world as well as it does today. If you really really want to read Plato, there are better dialogues out there to choose from i.e. Meno, Gorgias, Timaeus.
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