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Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Plato’s immediate audience.
Posted January 16, 2004
If you're interested in Socrates or Alcibiades, give these lesser known texts a try. The largest and most important work I here introduce and translate is Plato's 'Alcibiades I'; it's little known because some scholars believe (without much good reason) that it's not by Plato. In it Socrates first convinces Alcibiades that he needs to understand justice if he is to lead Athens, then that he doesn't understand justice. They then discuss just what the 'self' in the famous 'Know thyself' really is. Also included are another dialogue with Alcibiades (the 'Alcibiades II', about how to pray to the gods: watch what you ask for!), Alcibiades' famous speech about Socrates from the 'Symposium', and the remains of the dialogue titled 'Alcibiades' by Aeschines of Sphettus, who was writing about Socrates at the same time that Plato was. [Excuse my five star ranking--Barnes & Noble insists that reviews include some ranking, so what was I to do?]Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.