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The Republic (AmazonClassics Edition) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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The son of aristocratic parents, Plato (428 BC–347 BC) was born in Athens, Greece. Very much influenced by the life, teachings, and even the death of Socrates, and thought to have traveled extensively, Plato ultimately created the Academy (the precursor to what we know as universities), where he taught Aristotle. Plato’s work in philosophy—concerning happiness, justice, virtue, ethics, dialectic, the Forms, and more—contributed to the founding principles of modern philosophical, political, literary, and psychological thought across the Western world.
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As for Sachs' translation, it is clear and readable. It's a bit odd in places, since the way Plato lays out verbal jousting isn't quite the same as what we might do today. But the language itself is clear, current and neutral enough idiomatically that it won't be out of date in a few years. Great if you are looking for a presentation that will let you actually understand what the Republic is all about with a minimum of fuss.