The Last Days of Socrates

Plato - Author

Christopher Rowe - Translator

Christopher Rowe - Introduction by

Christopher Rowe - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140455496 | 256 pages | 25 Jan 2011 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A new translation of Plato's four-part dialogue that eulogizes the genius of his mentor Socrates.

Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death in 399 BC represents a significant moment in Western literature as well as a watershed in the life of ancient Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates- condemned to suicide by his fellow Athenians-living and dying under his own philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and a skillful discussion of immortality.

General Introduction
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
A Note on the Text and Translation

Introduction to Euthyphro

Introduction to the Apology

Introduction to Crito

Introduction to Phaedo