- Series: Loeb Classical Library (Book 36)
- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674990404
- ISBN-13: 978-0674990401
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plato: Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus (Loeb Classical Library) Reprint Edition
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Many translations were made of this classic, including the famous scholarly translation in the Loeb Classical Library. The Loeb translation is very good, but it doesn't reflect the colloquialisms of modern American English. For example, the opening sentence in Loeb reads: "How you, men of Athens, have been affected by my accusers, I do not know: but I, for my part, almost forgot my own identity, so persuasively did they talk; and yet there is hardly a word of truth in what they have said."
There are other translations, such as by Steve Kostecke, "Plato's Apology of Socrates," who breaks the opening sentence into two and adds stage directions in brackets. "What you have just experienced at the hands of my accusers - and what effect it had on you, Athenians, - I can only imagine. They spoke so persuasively that I nearly forgot who I was myself because of them, ... [Socrates sweeps his arm toward the prosecution bench.] ... and yet hardly a word of truth came out of their mouths." Nevertheless, the Loeb Classical edition is excellent, easy to read, and the Apology should be understood, since it is a classic with important ideas.
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I had previously read the middle three. The first and last were new to me. Of those two, I especially enjoyed Euthyphro.Published on January 27, 2014 by Thomas W. Blakey
The translation is easy to follow when looking at both languages, which can sometimes be difficult due to certain liberties most translators rightly take to make the English sound... Read morePublished on January 23, 2007 by Chris Donner
I read this book in college when I was learning about Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle...and it's been on the bookself since...but I still read it from time to time... Read morePublished on August 27, 2005 by Ketan Patel