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Protagoras (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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We see the high quality of Plato's writing early in this dialogue. When Socrates is telling Protagoras how experts are followed in shipbuilding but not in state policy or teaching excellence, he says that the sons of excellent fathers are not taught excellence by their fathers, but rather "they wander about on their own like sacred cattle looking for pasture, hoping to pick up excellence by chance."
Protagoras and Socrates quote and interpret a lyric poem of Simonides, and this takes up about a sixth of the dialogue. Adam Beresford has given a reconstruction of this poem: "Nobody’s Perfect: A New Text and Interpretation of Simonides PMG 542", Classical Philology, vol. 103, no. 3, 2008, 237-256. (PMG = Poetae Melici Graeci. See also number 476 of the Loeb Classical Library.) Previously, Beresford translated the Protagoras and Meno, and the next time I read the Protagoras I plan to read his translation. I also recommend W. K. C. Guthrie's translation of the Protagoras; Guthrie had earlier written a monograph "Orpheus and Greek Religion" and later wrote his six volume "History of Greek Philosophy".