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A Plato Reader bargains 8 of Plato's best-known works--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic--unabridged, expertly brought and annotated, and in greatly popular translations by means of C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.

The assortment positive aspects Socrates as its imperative personality and a version of the tested lifestyles. Its variety permits us to work out him in motion in very varied settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues bearing on his trial and demise, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic.

Of Reeve's translation of this ultimate masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking complete good thing about S. R. Slings' new Greek textual content of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation either actual and limpid. Loving consciousness to element and deep familiarity with Plato's notion are obtrusive on each web page. Reeve's remarkable selection to forged the discussion into direct speech produces a compelling effect of immediacy unequalled via different English translations presently available."

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No, by Zeus, gentlemen of the jury, he doesn’t, since he says that the sun’s a stone and the moon earth. indb 30 7/20/12 10:24 AM Apology 31 My dear Meletus, do you think it’s Anaxagoras14 you’re accusing? Are you that contemptuous of the jury? Do you think they’re so illiterate that they don’t know that the books of Anaxagoras of Clazomenae are full of such arguments? And, in particular, do young people learn these views from me, views they can occasionally acquire in the Orchestra15 for a drachma at most and that they’d ridicule Socrates for pretending were his own—especially as they’re so strange?

Are they able to educate and improve the young? Most certainly. All of them, or some but not others? indb 28 7/20/12 10:24 AM Apology 29 All of them. That’s good news, by Hera, and a great abundance of benefactors that you speak of! What, then, about the audience present here? Do they improve the young or not? Yes, they do so too. 13 Yes, the councilors too. But, if that’s so, Meletus, surely those in the Assembly, the assemblymen, won’t corrupt the young, will they? Won’t they all improve them too?

These are fair questions, I think, for the speaker to ask, and I’ll try to show you just what it is that has brought me this slanderous reputation. Listen, then. Perhaps, some of you will think I’m joking. But you may be sure that I’ll be telling you the whole truth. You see, men of Athens, I’ve acquired this reputation because of nothing other than a sort of wisdom. What sort of wisdom, you ask, is that? The very sort, perhaps, that is human wisdom. For it may just be that I really do have that sort of wisdom, whereas the people I mentioned just now may, perhaps, be wise because they possess superhuman wisdom.

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