Plato: The Statesman

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"Plato's Politicus stands both in date and in political thought between the Republic and the Laws. It presents Plato's thought at a point when he was chastened by disappointment with his attempts to put theory into practice at Syracuse but not yet disillusioned by complete failure. The dialogue reflects contemporary controversies on the method of definition; but its logical exercises and the impressive myth of the two cosmic eras serve to bring out its essential political teaching." This volume presents the text in translation only, and in this
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Overview

"Plato's Politicus stands both in date and in political thought between the Republic and the Laws. It presents Plato's thought at a point when he was chastened by disappointment with his attempts to put theory into practice at Syracuse but not yet disillusioned by complete failure. The dialogue reflects contemporary controversies on the method of definition; but its logical exercises and the impressive myth of the two cosmic eras serve to bring out its essential political teaching." This volume presents the text in translation only, and in this second (1987) edition Professor Skemp made corrections to his extensive introductory essays and running commentary, as well as adding a new appendix which took into account scholarship on the dialogue that had appeared between 1952 and 1987.
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J.B. Skemp was Professor of Greek in the University of Durham.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introductory Essay 13
A Historical and Political Questions 13
B Philosophical Questions 66
C Introduction to the Myth 82
Synopsis of the Dialogue 113
Translation and Footnotes 119
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