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The Republic Paperback – November 29, 2014
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Plato ranks among the most familiar ancient philosophers, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle. In addition to writing philosophical dialogues used to teach logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics as well as philosophy he founded Athens' Academy, the Western world's first institution of higher learning.
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The top of the list for requirements with this kind of work is that all the identifying numbers and letters identifying where you are in the work are present, and searchable. This is huge. There are probably a dozen or so editions from a half dozen major translators, and the only way to find your way around is through these line numbers, which all good scholarly citations should include. I just did a quick look at the preview of Allan Bloom's edition, and these numbers are missing from the Kindle. If you want Bloom's translation, get it on paper (which does have the line numbering) and get this one for searching.
I will mention that this also has the virtue of not being the 19th century translation of Benjamin Jowett. You will not be mislead by Jowett, but there have been several newer translations which have improved on his work. This one by G. M. A. Grube may be one of the best, but even if it is not, there is always virtue in having more than one translation. My hand copy translation is by Paul Shorey, in the Loeb Classics edition, with the Greek. So I like having the alternative available.
This edition is not suitable for the serious student who may be reading The Classics for the first time. Neither is it fit for someone like me who wanted a readable copy for his 'old age'.
Publishers would do well to consider the needs of the older readers. There are fewer of us all the time so maybe we are of no consequence to them.
Another thing I forgot to mention. The text does not include the Stephanus numbers which means that if you, heaven forbid, want to cite the text you'll need to find a version with the Stephanus numbers. GRRRR why would anyone publish this without the reference numbers!!!??!
But again, good translation and introduction.