Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds

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Widely adopted for classroom use, this book offers translations of four major works of ancient Greek literature which treat the life and thought of Socrates, focusing particularly on his trial and defense (three dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito) and on the charges against Socrates (Aristophanes' comedy Clouds).

This is the only collection of the three Platonic dialogues that also includes Clouds, a work that is fundamental for understanding the ...

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Overview

Widely adopted for classroom use, this book offers translations of four major works of ancient Greek literature which treat the life and thought of Socrates, focusing particularly on his trial and defense (three dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito) and on the charges against Socrates (Aristophanes' comedy Clouds).

This is the only collection of the three Platonic dialogues that also includes Clouds, a work that is fundamental for understanding the thought of Socrates in relation to the Athenian political community and to Greek poetry. Thomas G. West's introduction provides an overview of the principal themes and arguments of the four works. There are extensive explanatory notes to the translations.

In their translations, the Wests capture successfully the simplicity and vigor of straightforward Greek diction. They strive for as high a degree of accuracy as possible, subordinating concerns for elegance and smoothness to the goal of producing the most faithful and most reliable English versions of these texts. For this new edition, Thomas West has revised the introduction and updated the annotated bibliography, which includes the best of the secondary literature on Socrates and on the texts included in this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485749
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 101,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. West is Paul Ermine Potter and Dawn Tibbetts Potter Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College.

Grace Starry West is Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Hillsdale College.

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Table of Contents

Translators' Note

Introduction
The Modem Rejection of Reason
The Socratic Alternative

Plato's Euthyphro
Plato's Apology of Socrates
Plato's Crito
Aristophanes' Clouds

Plato's Euthyphro

Plato's Apology of Socrates

Plato's Crito

Aristophanes' Clouds

Selected Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    highly recommended

    prompt shipment good condition of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Class Requirement

    This book was actually a reading assignment for an online class and I enjoyed reading it. It was easy to follow and full of information.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Awesome book...

    With the exception of "Nothing prevents us telling tales" which is alright, I guess, but I like keeping "myth" in the word, so "diamythologein" - telling myths. Other than that, freakin' fantastic scholarship.<BR/>Seriously, though. This is a great book. It contains the "Euthyphro", the "Crito", the "Apology" (Plato's), and Aristophanes' "Clouds". Top notch literal translations, excellent footnotes, very readable translations, not much else I can say about it. I don't want to rate the texts, because that would be to rate the original author and not the translator, which is all I'm doing here. the translations are great, no question. I haven't come across better ones. They have the Stephanus pagination, a superb introduction... It's an awesome book if you need any one of these four texts. Well worth having.

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