Plato: Gorgias

Plato: Gorgias

by Plato


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Plato: Gorgias by Plato

Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens -- a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463532208
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 05/30/2011
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Plato (c. 427–347 B.C.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.  

Walter Hamilton taught at Cambridge, Eton and Rugby and translated several Platonic texts for Penguin Classics.

Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University and has published on Homer and Plato.

Table of Contents

Reference System Used in this Editionix
Further Readingxxxviii
A Note on the Textxliii
ADialogue With Gorgias3
BDialogue With Polus27
CDialogue With Callicles64
Glossary of Greek Terms151

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