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ISBN 9780140449044 | 208 pages | 29 Jun 2004 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A seminal Platonic dialogue on ethics and civic duty—now revised with new material

Taking the form of a dialogue among 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 dishonored in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed and creates a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.

Gorgias Acknowledgments
Reference System Used in this Edition
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

A: Dialogue with Gorgias
B: Dialogue with Polus
C: Dialogue with Callicles

Glossary of Greek Terms