A very readable translation that conveys both the philosophical and the dramatic context better than any existing translation. It is extremely accurate in conveying the movement of the argument and in noting significant points of philosophical usage. . . . I am very impressed with the vividness and the easy flow of the prose. --John Cooper, Princeton University
Plato studied under Socrates and was Aristotle's teacher. Together these three Greeks developed the basis of philosophical thinking for the entire Western world. Plato was also a writer, mathematician, and founder of the Academy in Athens, which was the first university in Europe. In the fifth century BC Greek educators (sophists) taught success in private and public life. In this dialogue Plato discusses the educator Protagoras and the arguments with Socrates. He criticizes the education methods and goals of the sophists. Plato goes on to discuss the nature of the good life and how pleasure and intellect fit into this context. Plato first asked these questions in his dialogue Meno.
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Plato (428/427 or 424/423 BC - 348/347 BC) was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece and an influential figure in philosophy.
Benjamin Jowett (15 April 1817 - 1 October 1893) was renowned theologian and translator of Plato.
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