The Last Days of Socrates

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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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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

A really nice edition with a clear, readable translation and sensible notes. There are a number of ways 'in' to Plato and this is one of them. You have an introduction to the character and biography ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

This is one of those books that helps teach you how to think, not what to think. It also demonstrates that knowledge and inquiry are considered subversive by the dull, and that free thought can carry severe consequences (though it is always still worth it). Read full review


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Introduction to the Apology
Introduction to Crito
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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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