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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The five volumes that Allen has produced so far are much more than just another set of translations of Plato. They provide an accessibly coherent stand-alone course of study in Platonic philosophy. One can start right from the Preface of the 1st volume & read them all straight thru to the very end of his masterful edition of the Republic.
Allen develops a number of cr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 10th 1989 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1892)
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Derek von Barandy
Translations are extremely readable (This is especially important if you teach it; I teach the Euthyphro and Polus section of the Gorgias). The commentary is useful, but definitely not as inspiring as any excellent commentary *on Plato* should be.

I should add that the Gorgias is on a very short list of books that have substantially changed my life for the better.
Who was Socrates? He died in 399 BC and according to Plato and Xenophon there was a trial at which he was condemned to death. But there are no writings of Socrates for he never wrote down anything. The result is we must rely on the picture of Socrates drawn by Aristophanes, Plato, and Xenophon. In the Clouds Aristophanes portrayed Socrates as a teacher who charged fees for instruction, taught a variety of subjects including rhetoric, and disbelieved in the traditional gods. All of this is denied ...more
Scott Zuke
Jan 25, 2010 Scott Zuke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophy and Classics students
Gorgias: R.E. Allen's translation was the clearest and ALSO the most accurate of three that I compared while studying Ancient Greek (the others being Donald J. Zeyl's for Hackett, and Lamb's in the Loeb Classical Library). It'd be very hard to top.

Meno: Excellent translation, so easy to read.

His introductions to these texts are very helpful in providing both section-by-section summary and analysis, as well as an overarching interpretation of how the texts might be viewed as a whole, leading to c
Pam Holzner
interesting. amazing from a historical persepective
I didn't actually read this book; it's my proxy for the various dialogues I've read. I prefer the early ones (Meno and Apologia are my faves) and stopped reading about 2/3 of the way through when they get too heavy for me. If I ever decide it's a good idea to read the Laws, just do me a favor and put me out of my misery.
The dialogues are great and R.E. Allen's commentaries are very helpful, but this is taxing, so I can hardly say I've "gotten" this book without closer rereading, which I'll do, someday.
Murph Hutson
Most of this work is concerned with the trial and death of Socrates. Socrates was absolutely brilliant. The logic he employs should be envied by all thinkers. A brilliant mind.
To be read again, again, again, and ...again
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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

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