The Last Days of Socrates (Google eBook)

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Penguin UK, Oct 28, 2010 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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'Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just'

Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skilful discussion of immortality.

Christopher Rowe's introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book's themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato's Socratic philosophy.

  

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The Euthyphro was my favourite by far. I loved reading Socrates spar with people. It was almost comical. The Apology, Crito and Phaedo were harder and more serious, in my opinion. Read full review

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You know, Socrates was kindof a dick. Read full review

Contents

Chronology
Acknowledgements
General Introduction
2 WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT YOU DO SOCRATES?
3 GODS THE AFTERLIFE AND THE TRUE NATURE OF THE COSMOS
4 FORMS
5 PLATOS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS READERS
6 A NOTE ON SOUL
A Note on the Text and Translation
INTRODUCTION TO EUTHYPHRO
EUTHYPHRO
INTRODUCTION TO THE APOLOGY
THE APOLOGY OF SOCRATES SOCRATES DEFENCE
INTRODUCTION TO CRITO
CRITO
INTRODUCTION TO PHAEDO

7 THE DEATH OF SOCRATES
NOTES
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
On Plato and Socrates
On the Euthyphro
On the Crito
On the Afterlife of Socrates and Plato
PHAEDO
Notes
APOLOGY
CRITO
PHAEDO
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Plato (c. 427-347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Christopher Rowe is professor of Greek at the University of Durham.

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