The Last Days of Socrates

The Last Days of Socrates

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The trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus. In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while the Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of

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The trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus. In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while the Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher's life. In the Crito, while awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140449280
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
97,401
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. 

Hugh Tredennick was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at London University.

Harold Tarrant is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the Univesity of Sydney.

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Last Days of Socrates 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The LAST DAYS OF SOCRATES contains the dialogues Euythro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. The Euythro is about Socrates talking to a pious man about either it is right or wrong to persecute the man's father. Apology is Socrates' famous defence speech when he is persecuted for impiety and corrupting the youths. Crito is about Socrates' friend Crito, trying to get Socrates to escaped from prison, but instead it ends up as a dialogue about duty. Phaedo is one of the most important dialogues of Plato, and tells about Socrates' death, and the belief of the immortality of the soul. All in all, Hugh Tredennick is an excellent translation where you read true Platonic grandeur.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting points! Boy, does Socrates like to talk! :)
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