"The Dialogues of Plato" by Plato

The Dialogues of Plato The Symposium Plato, R. E. Allen, R. E. Allen

The Dialogues of Plato
Publication date:
01 Oct 1993
Yale University Press
190 pages: 233 x 158 x 15mm

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates's ancient words are still true, and the ideas sounded in Plato's "Dialogues" still form the foundation of a thinking person's education. This superb collection contains excellent contemporary translations selected for their clarity and accessibility to today's reader, as well as an incisive introduction by Erich Segal, which reveals Plato's life and clarifies the philosophical issues examined in each dialogue. The first four dialogues recount the trial execution of Socrates--the extraordinary tragedy that changed Plato's life and so altered the course of Western though. Other dialogues create a rich tableau of intellectual life in Athens in the fourth century B.C., and examine the nature of virtue and love, knowledge and truth, society and the individual. Resounding with the humor and astounding brilliance of Socrates, the immortal iconoclast, these great works remain powerful, probing, and essential.

"Allen is a superb translator, whose elegantly simple yet precise language gives access to Plato both as a philosopher and as a literary artist."?Library Journal (on Volume 1)

"An important event in the world of scholarship."?London Review of Books (on Volume 1)

"Remarkable erudition, dialectical sophistication, and good sense are at work here. The result is a readable and interesting book that is likely to be the standard work on the Symposium for a long time to come."?Robert G. Turnbull, Ohio State University

"This book will be of immense value to students of philosophy and literature and should interest general readers as well."?Library Journal

"An important book. . . . The translation is fine; the major contribution is the thickly textured and expansive commentary covering each section of the dialogue. . . . Included are extended discussions of Dionysus, Greek medicine, Plotinus and Ficino, Plato and Freud, and a philosophical analysis of wish versus desire. . . . This book will be of immense value to students of philosophy and literature and should interest general readers as well."?Raymond Frey, Book Review Digest

"This volume contains an elegant translation and a useful essay."?Steven Lowenstam, Classical World