- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (July 3, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014044517X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140445176
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 3, 1990
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
About the Author
Xenophon was born c.430BC, an Athenian gentleman. Whilst fighting for Greece, he was finally banished due to his devotion to Socrates and support for Sparta. Settling near Olympia under Spartan protection, he began to write his treatises, histories and biographies. Hugh Tredinnick was Professor of Classics at Royal Holloway College from 1946 - 1966. he has translated works by Aristotle. He dies in 1982. Robin Waterfield is a self-employed writer with publications ranging from academic articles to children's fiction. He has tranlsated various Greek texts for Penguin.
Top Customer Reviews
Xenophon divided his works into four books: Socrates' Defense; Memoirs of Socrates; the Dinner-Party; and the Estate-Manager. Xenophon writes in the second and third person so that we "hear" the Socratic Method throughout the text. We see how Socrates used questions of his followers to teach them to think. His method thoroughly flushed out the truth and often revealed the flaws in the arguments his opponents and followers made.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Xenophon. One could almost imagine being right there with the master as he shredded the weaknesses in faulty arguments and uncovered hidden truths. His opinions on virtues may be dated to Twentieth Century people but one must remember that it was largely his teachings that had such a great influence on Western thought and ideas.
But I give this 5 stars, as its an indespensible volume for the Socratic enthusiast.
Like others writing here, I like Xenophon as a writer much better than Robin Waterfield does -- or at least, I like Tredennick's and Waterfield's Xenophon much better than Waterfield himself likes Xenophon in Greek.
I thought Waterfield's introductions were excellent, but I recommend reading them after you read the original material, not before.
I don't know Greek, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of the translations by Tredennick and Waterfield, but I found them to be graceful and a pleasure to read. They always felt stylistically just right.
Like others writing here, I was frustrated by the lack of precise line numbering, and the lack of a note on the text.
Physically: the paper is cheap, but the font is large and clear. The book is relatively comfortable to hold open (always an issue with paperbacks).
This book definitely makes me want to read more of Xenophon.
[Disclaimer: I did not buy this book from Amazon, but I buy plenty of other books from Amazon.]
To what degree Plato or Xenophon have modified Socrates' views in their own image in The Republic (Penguin Classics) or Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics) is unclear - it is quite possible that Socrates was too critical and individual a thinker to be a man purely of the left or right. Xenophon's version is written with clarity and little pretence (if perhaps slanted towards the authors own predispositions) and strikingly illustrates Athenian life in general, and the influence of Socrates and his methods of critical inquiry on Athenian thought and intellectual life in particular. Highly recommended for anybody with an interest in Ancient Greek philosophy, culture or history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew of Socrates only through Plato. Another point of view is fascinating.Published 9 days ago by jdl
I love Socrates because of this book. Read it with the same mind a 15 year old would read twilight and you might fall in love with this man and Xenophon for delivering such an... Read morePublished 14 days ago by SylviaSarah
The book is a little tough of a read. You need to go back and forth in certain parts. I feel that the introductions at each chapter are necessary to understand the background of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Una Lagartija
Very good book for those who wish to start learning again. Easy to follow.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
So I needed this for a class but this ended up being one of the most interesting books Ive ever read.Published on March 11, 2014 by Barney