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The Republic (Plato) Paperback – Sep 14 2007
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"[Griffith's] aim was to traslate the Greek text as if it were a conversation, and he has succeeded admirably." Library Journal
"In addition to a vivid, dignified and accurate rendition of Plato's text, the student and general reader will find many aids to comprehension in this volume: an introduction that assesses the cultural background to the Republic, its place within political philosophy, and its general argument; succinct notes in the body of the text; an analytical summary of the work's content; a full glossary of proper names; a chronology of important events; and a guide to further reading. The result is an accomplished and accessible edition of this seminal work, suitable for philosophers and classicists as well as historians of political thought at all levels." African Sun Times Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a completely new translation of one of the great works of Western political thought. In addition to Tom Griffith's vivid, dignified and accurate rendition of Plato's text, this edition is suitable for students at all levels and contains: an introduction that assesses the cultural background to the Republic, its place within political philosophy, and its general argument; succinct notes in the text; an analytical summary of content; a full glossary of proper names; a chronology of important events; and a guide to further reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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If you are debating between this copy or another, I recommend this one.
Plato presents, in the form of an exteremly onesided dialogue, some of the greatest ideas ever.
Plato's Republic may seem opressive; but, he accomplished what he desired, the just state for all. The ideas presented here have lasted longer than an certain anthology of texts which is the foundation for the largest group of usurpers in the world, and I would hope that Plato's ideas outlast these others. They will. Two and a half millenia have tested Plato and Co., and they a have survived.
The material here is not inaccessible; indeed, it is well written. However, do *not* purchase this translation. Desmond Lee's translation, printed by Penguin, is far more readable. Trust me here.
For those of you who need a bit more excitement than the voyeuristic pleasure presented, it should be noted that Socrates, the princible speaker, and the respondents, happen to make frequent bad puns and jokes, as well as sexual comments, so this isn't for childre- no, wait, there are about three pages total in four hundred dealing with sex. And Socrates likes little boys.
This is superb. Anyone who never reads from it is missing a piece to the whole.
So, why this particular translation of the work? This translation offers the best ease in reading while mainting a tight grasp of the original Greek meanings of Plato's text. Besides, it isn't that expensive.
This book is clearly a timeless classic, and if you can't read classical Greek, this translation is probably the best you will get.
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even though the book was shipped fast sections of the book were falling from the spine. that fact made it not such a great buyPublished on Nov. 11 2012 by rk
Plato's "Republic" is probably the most important work in the history of Western Philosophy, or atleast I believe it is. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001 by Boll Spiedoff
This translation of Plato's Republic is very easy to read and understandable. As someone who needed to read this book quickly for a class, I found this translation to be much more... Read morePublished on May 19 2001 by T.L.
F. M. Cornford is possessed of the rare distinction among translator's of being not only a philologist but a celebrated historian and a deeply philosophical scholar. Read morePublished on June 13 2000 by denmch
Aside from this edition I have also read a couple other translations, and this one is definitely the best one. Read morePublished on May 8 2000
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