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4 Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds, Revised Edition 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0801485746
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This is the only collection of the Platonic dialogues that also includes the Clouds, a work that is fundamental for understanding the thought of Socrates in relation to the Athenian political community and to Greek poetry.

About the Author

Thomas G. West is Paul Ermine Potter and Dawn Tibbetts Potter Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College.



Grace Starry West is Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Hillsdale College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (August 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801485746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801485749
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding translation of these Greek texts. These are texts that many of us regularly teach in introductory classes, and it is a great help to have such a reliable translation: the translation is clear and accessible, but maintains an unusually strict adherence to the form of the original Greek. This makes it useful for advanced study as well. The running footnotes to the text are especially helpful for giving students the relevant points of historical and legal context for understanding Socrates's position, but they are sparse enough that they do not intrude in the interpretation of the text. This is the only translation of these texts that I will use in my courses.
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This is a real rarity in Platonic scholarship--a synoptic translation of four important works on the life of Socrates; in other words, the translators use the same English words to convey the same important Greek terms in each of their translations in order to aid the reader in recognizing how those terms evolve in meaning and shape the drama of each of the works, or in short, in recognizing the dialogue which exists between the works rather than merely within them. A former reviewer seems to have missed the point of this work: if you want someone to TELL YOU WHAT PLATO MEANS, you can read a two line summary in an encyclopedia, but if you want to find out why Plato went and wrote an entire dialogue rather than a two line summary, you have to pay close attention to what he actually says. These translations are about as close as you can get without having advanced knowledge of Greek, and even then, the Wests note specific usages of key terms which even a native speaker of ancient Greek might not have noticed on a first reading, and which are largely ignored by the scholarly community. This is an ideal translation for students of politics, history, philosophy, and classical literature who want to know why the most profound and poetic civilization of antiquity put the first philosopher to death, and why he let them.
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By Erik on September 27, 2011
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I used this book for my undergraduate course on Ancient Philosophy. It was a required textbook, but it is also a quality book in its own right. The translations seem to be very sharp, and the additional material was very helpful.

It gives a terrific context for Socrates, both as how Plato presents him and how he was perceived by his contemporaries.
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While this book contains some excellent texts I feel it was lacking in historical commentary or contextual data that would be helpful for a philosophy student, especially if you're looking for guidance as to where to go for additional information.
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This book really came through for me, it was in mint condition and it was just amazing to read and analyze.
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By alexguzman on October 10, 2013
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It was awesome! I got it in the time I needed and I can count on amazon to get all my books.
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Best edition of dialogues for your introductory level philosophy class.
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By Dexippus on December 10, 2015
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Excellent translations, great text.
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