Gorgias

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Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, GORGIAS debates perennial questions about the nature of government and those who aspire to public office. Are high moral standards essential or should we give our preference to the pragmatist who gets things done or negotiates successfully? Should individuals be motivated by a desire for personal power and prestige, or genuine concern for the moral betterment of the citizens? These questions go to the heart of Athenian democratic ...

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Overview

Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, GORGIAS debates perennial questions about the nature of government and those who aspire to public office. Are high moral standards essential or should we give our preference to the pragmatist who gets things done or negotiates successfully? Should individuals be motivated by a desire for personal power and prestige, or genuine concern for the moral betterment of the citizens? These questions go to the heart of Athenian democratic principles and are more relevant than ever in today's political climate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449044
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 449,209
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Hamilton taught at Cambridge, Eton and Rugby and translated several Platonic texts for Penguin. Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University and has published on Homer and Plato.

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Table of Contents

GorgiasAcknowledgments
Reference System Used in this Edition
Chronolgy
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Gorgias
A: Dialogue with Gorgias
B: Dialogue with Polus
C: Dialogue with Callicles

Notes
Glossary of Greek Terms
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Recommend as required reading

    Gorgias should be mandatory reading for anyone who is involved in government or holds a position of authority. Socrates' arguments slip by unchecked at times, but the dialogue should (and I think will) inspire consideration of important issues of power and responsibility. I recommend to all as essential reading.<BR/>-US Army Infantry Officer

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