Selections from Plato

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 - Literary Collections - 510 pages

This classic text, which contains the complete Greek text of the Apology and of Crito with other selections, offers an introduction to Plato’s language as well as an introduction to Socrates as presented by Plato. These two goals determined Lewis Leaming Forman’s ample selection of passages from the writings of Plato.

Forman’s detailed and helpful notes enhance appreciation of how Greek prose—particularly Plato’s—produces its effects. They include helpful discussions of syntax, the uses of particles, the effects of word order, and rhetorical devices. Forman also includes an appendix with an additional set of notes containing information chiefly on various syntactic patterns in the Greek language. Particularly suitable for second-, third-, or fourth-year students of Greek, this volume is also a useful resource for the Platonic scholar.

 

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Contents

ΕΟΚΕννοΚΟ
xi
ΑΡΟίΟΟΥ οηΙίΓο
1
ΟΚΓΓΟ εηΙίΓο
42
ΡΗΑΕΌΟ 168ίηηιη869 Ε
64
8ΥΜΡ08ΐυΜ 174 ϋ175 Ε
94
Ι Α0ΗΕ8 187 Ε188 Ο
102
ΟΟΚΟΙΑ8 471 Ε481 Ο
116
ΕυΐΉΥϋΕΜυδ 271 Α272 Β
154
ΜΕΝΟΝ 79 Ε86 Ο
177
I 1β8ίηηίη8331 ϋ
191
ΡΗΑΕϋΚϋδ 228 Ε230 Ε
258
ΡΚΟΤΑΟΟΚΑ8 325 0326 Ε
264
ΡΗΑΕϋΟ89 089 Ε
270
ΝΟΤΕ8 277
409
ΙΝϋΕΧ ΟΓ ΡΚΟΡΕΚ ΝΑΜΕ8
471
ΟΚΕΕΚ ΙΝϋΕΧ
487

ΚυΤΗΥΤΕΜυ8 283 Β284 Β
160
ΤΗΕΑΕΤΕΤΙΙ8 172 α177 Ο
168
ΕΝΟΙΛ8Η ΙΝϋΕΧ
503
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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

Lewis Leaming Forman was Instructor in Greek at Cornell University and the author of Index Andocideus, Lycurgeus, and Dinarcheus (Morals and Law in Ancient Greece).

Alexander Tulin is Associate Professor of Classics at Howard University and the author of Dike Phonou: The Right of Prosecution and Attic Homicide Procedure.

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