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Description - Symposium and The Death of Socrates by Plato

In Symposium, a group of Athenian aristocrats attend a party and talk about love, until the drunken Alcibiades bursts in and decides to discuss Socrates instead. Symposium gives an unsurpassed picture of the sparkling society that was Athens at the height of her empire. The setting of the other dialogues is more sombre. Socrates is put on trial for impiety, and sentenced to death. Euthyphro discusses the nature of piety, Apology is Socrates' speech in his own defence, Crito explains his refusal to escape punishment, and Phaedo gives an account of Socrates' last day. These dialogues have never been offered in one volume before. Tom Griffith's Symposium has been described as 'possibly the finest translation of any Platonic dialogue'. All the other translations are new. With an Introduction by Jane O'Grady. Translated by Tom Griffith. AUTHOR: Plato (c. 428 B.C.-348 B.C.?) stands at the centre of philosophical thought in the ancient world, being the first person to approach philosophical issues systematically. Virtually every philosopher who came after Plato in antiquity was responding, either favourably or unfavourably, to what he had written. Plato's thought was studied throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and holds a significant position in the history of Western philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781853264795
ISBN-10: 1853264792
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jul-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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