The Republic

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The Republic

By  Plato , Translated by  Christopher Rowe , Introduction by  Christopher Rowe , Notes by  Christopher Rowe
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An authoritative new translation of Plato's foundational work of Western philosophy

The Republic is Plato's masterwork. It was written 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely read books in the world, famous for both the richness of its ideas and the virtuosity of its writing. Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to study philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices we must make if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not money, power, or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom, and justice.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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

Christopher Rowe is a professor of Greek at Durham University, England.

ISBN: 9780141442433

ISBN-10: 9780141442433

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication Date: 12/24/2012 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/24/2012 - 12:00am

Pages: 496

Language: English

Categories

Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical

History / Ancient / Greece

Philosophy / Individual Philosophers