Dialogues of Plato, Volume 5: The Republic / Edition 1

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R. E. Allen’s highly regarded translations of the dialogues of Plato have been praised for their faithfulness and readability. Many years in the making, his translation of The Republic has been eagerly awaited. It comes now to crown a distinguished classicist’s efforts to make Plato’s works available in readable and accurate translations. This new, lucid translation of Plato’s greatest dialogue is the first major translation in English since the publication of F. M. Cornford’s and G. M. A. Grube’s renditions more than a generation ago. It is likely to be the standard translation for years to come.

This edition, intended for the student and general reader, is accompanied by Allen’s notes and introduction. The Republic is, of course, many things: metaphysics and epistemology, moral psychology and ethics, educational theory and aesthetics, and poetry and eschatology. In his introduction, Allen takes up its threshold question—the political—and argues that its particular formulation by Plato had a direct and profound influence on the Founding Fathers and the development of American constitutional law.

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John P. Anton
"Professor Allen's credentials as a philosopher and classicist are impeccable. He has already demonstrated his expertise in his published translations of Plato's Dialogues. His translation of The Republic comes to crown his effort to make Plato available in highly readable and accurate renditions. ”—John P. Anton, University of South Florida
Library Journal
The old Greek chestnut gets a new translation by Allen, who has received kudos for his lively translation of Plato's dialogs. Students mystified by the old Cornford translation (I know I was) might find this one easier to grasp. This edition also has an intro by Allen. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300114515
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Series: The Dialogues of Plato Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

R. E. Allen was Professor of Classics and Philosophy Emeritus at Northwestern University. His other distinguished translations of Plato’s dialogues, published by Yale University Press, include Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Gorgias, Menexenus; The Symposium; Ion, Hippias Minor, Laches, Protagoras; and Parmenides.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Don't buy

    I would stick with Allen Bloom's translation, not R.E. Allen's. I double checked the Greek on a couple of critical points and Allen's translation misses the mark. Allen's text barely provides any footnotes to help the reader, whereas Bloom's endnotes are very helpful.

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