Republic, Volume I: Books 1-5

Republic, Volume I: Books 1-5

by Plato


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Plato of Athens, who laid the foundations of the Western philosophical tradition and in range and depth ranks among its greatest practitioners, was born to a prosperous and politically active family ca. 427 bce. In early life an admirer of Socrates, Plato later founded the first institution of higher learning in the West, the Academy, among whose many notable alumni was Aristotle. Traditionally ascribed to Plato are thirty-six dialogues developing Socrates’ dialectic method and composed with great stylistic virtuosity, together with thirteen letters.

Republic, a masterpiece of philosophical and political thought, concerns righteousness both in individuals and in communities, and proposes an ideal state organized and governed on philosophical principles. This edition, which replaces the original Loeb edition by Paul Shorey, offers text, translation, and annotation that are fully current with modern scholarship. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Plato is in twelve volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674996502
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/04/2013
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #237
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 251,063
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chris Emlyn-Jones is Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies, The Open University (UK).

William Preddy is Retired Head of Classics, Oakham School, Rutland (UK).

Table of Contents


The Republic

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

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