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Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars - many commissioned especially for this volume - are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity. In his introductory essay, John Cooper gives an account of his presentation of these works, discusses questions surrounding the chronology of their composition, comments on the dialogue form in which Plato wrote, and offers guidance on approaching the reading and study of Plato's works. Also included are concise introductions by Cooper and Hutchinson to each translation, meticulous annotation, and a comprehensive index.
One might be tempted to ask whether another collection of Plato's works is really necessary, given that they have been translated many times. But several factors set this particular volume apart, making it a worthy addition to most libraries. The translations are all relatively recent and thus reflect contemporary language use and terminology. The collection includes works such as the Minos, Epinomis, Demodocus, Eryxias, and Axiochus, which, though generally considered not to have been written by Plato, are "Socratic" in form or style. The text itself is clearly printed and laid out, with useful notes, and Cooper's introduction and notes about the translations are helpful in setting the dialogs in context. Finally, given what the purchaser receives, the price is reasonable. Recommended for all libraries.Terry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec
The first single edition to include the entire corpus of Plato's works, handsomely bound and featuring new translations by contemporary scholars. Editor Cooper (philosophy, Princeton U.) supplies an introductory essay, cogently discussing questions concerning chronology of composition, commenting on the dialogue form, and offering guidance on reading (and appreciating) Plato's works. Each translation also features an introduction by the editors and careful annotation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
This book is all the Plato a body could desire in one volume. The presentation of the editor does not take away from the Plato. The summaries add relevance and help the modern reader to understand an ancient perspective.
The type is easy to follow, and the paper has enough weight to prevent the text on the reverse from bleeding through. The binding is enough to hold it nicely together without being fancy. I needed this book.
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