The Statesman / Edition 1

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This is the second of a projected trilogy of dialogues, in which an unnamed stranger sets out to satisfy Socrates' desire for an account of sophist, statesman, and philosopher. (The third was never written.) Focus Philosohpical Library’s Statesman includes a faithful, clear, and consistent translation to English, with notes. It also includes an exploratory essay, glossary of crucial Greek terms, supplemental diagrams illustrating diairesis ("The Divisions of the Statesman"), and an appendix on the paradigm of weaving.
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Editorial Reviews

A student edition of Rowe's (Greek, U. of Durham) contribution to the published by Hackett in 1997, itself slightly revised from the 1995 Arts and Phillips publication of . It includes only the translation, a few annotations, a 20-page introduction, and a select bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $7.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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This will be the preferred edition of Plato’s Statesman for teachers and students who are serious not only about reading the text in good translation, but also about working through its arguments.
— Dustin Gish, College of the Holy Cross

“Having taught Plato's dialogues in my classes over the past forty-three years to upper level undergraduates, I can especially appreciate the value of this new edition of Plato's Statesman. The three translators have paid very close attention to the amazing fecund versatility of the Greek text, producing a translation that is as accurate and lively as possible and the best currently available for classroom use. The interpretative essay is unique in its highlighting of all of the issues that a thoughtful reader should be led to consider concerning this work. As has been the case with other works by these translators, the glossary leads any Greek-less reader as close as possible to the interconnections of the major words that sustain the flow and eddies of this perennially fascinating work.”

—Donald Lindenmuth, The Pennsylvania State University

“All serious students of Plato will want to obtain this book. Brann, Kalkavage, and Salem have provided all the tools one needs--short of a knowledge of ancient Greek--to undertake in-depth study of this enormously important, complex, and fascinating dialogue.”

—Jacob Howland, University of Tulsa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204638
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128

Meet the Author

Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem are Tutors at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. They have co-translated Plato’s Sophist and Phaedo for Focus Publishing.
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Socrates: I really owe you a big debt of thanks, Theodorus, for my getting to know Theaetetus, along with getting to know the stranger as well.

Theodorus: And soon, Socrates, you’ll owe triple that, once they’ve worked out the statesman and the philosopher for you.

Socrates: Come now, is that how we’re going to say we’ve heard it put, my dear Theodorus, by the one mightiest at calculations and geometrical matters?

Theodorus: How so, Socrates?

Socrates: Because you set down each of the men as of equal worth, though in honor they stand farther apart from one another than accords with any proportion in your art.

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