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The Symposium

The Symposium( 1 customer ratings | )
Author: Plato,
Translator: Nehamas, Alexander
Woodruff, Paul
Edited and Translated by: Sharon, Avi
Series title:HPC Classics Ser.
Publication Date:May 1989
Publisher:Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $57.00
Book Description:

"A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation isextremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printingdecisions (on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc.); the notes are keptto a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension andare truly informative." -- S. G. Nugent, Princeton University

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):0.9 x 21.5 x 13.9 cm
Book Weight:0.285 Kilograms
Author Biography
Plató (Author)
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.


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