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The Portable Plato (Portable Library) Paperback – March 1, 1977

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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.
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  • Series: Portable Library
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Penguin Books edition (March 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140150404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140150407
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well edited anthology contains four of Plato's most important works:

*Protagoras
*Symposium
*Phaedo
*The Republic (complete)

As noted by several of the other reviewers, this edition doesn't have great explanations, notes, commentary or references. What it does do, however, is provide the introduction to Plato with very approachable translations and a critical selection of key works.

Probably considered by most his magnum opus, The Republic is worth the read - whether in this edition and translation or another. Plato covers the landscape from religion to the arts to music to science and mathematics to the meaning of life itself and the purpose of theology. Written as a Socratic dialogue, The Republic will provide an overview of this philosopher, and the foundations of our modern Western culture and thinking.

The book is available used here, and that seems to be a value that might be just a bit too good to pass up. The book (or at least the contents) are likely foundational for any Western philosophy undergrad course, and if you haven't been exposed to Plato, you probably should give this a go given the easy reading translation and importance of the work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adama on September 18, 2005
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The selections included are fairly standard, but they are great works nonetheless. The translation is excellent. One major drawback is a lack of the textual reference numbers that most other Plato translations include. Aside from that, there is little to scrutinize about this collection.
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By R. J. Karger on September 25, 2014
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Book delivered exactly as promised. Thank you.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin Holmik on January 8, 2006
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This book reads, word for word, like a translation done in the late 1800's by Benjamin Jowett available in two books from Barnes & Noble's classics press. It's cheaper and the notes are better not to mention the paragraphs are numbered for reference unlike this book. Those numbers are needed if your are to attend lectures.
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