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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 Classics; Penguin Books edition (March 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140150404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140150407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 7.7 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: #1,199,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward J. Barton VINE VOICE on June 22, 2013
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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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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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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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Have been stretching my memory all day today as to who said: "All philosophy since the Greeks, are merely footnotes to Plato." Depending on one's persuasion, this is certainly debatable, however, philosophy is all about debate, discussion...asking the hard questions.

As a student of philosophy or even a PHd in the discipline should always have this man's work at an arm's reach. Why? Because Socrates attempted to ask the hard questions, creating what is now known as critical thought. Something so lacking in our modern age.

One of the great lines in the introduction of this book by the editor, Scott Buchanan:

"So the reader of Plato joins Socrates in inquiry, as Sancho Panza joined Don Quixote, for adventures of the mind."

My personal favourite books of Plato are, "Phaedo" as the Master drinks the Hemlock (the deadly poisen). And, although not entirely agreeing with all the ideas, "The Republic", books 1-10, to my mind is an absolute master piece.

Not knowing Greek or Latin, commenting on the translation would be ludicrous, however, Benjamin Jowett has done a fine job as the material is accessable for the undergraduate or curious.

A Fine "Portable" of Plato to have in your library.
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