Gorgias

» Plato

Translator - Walter Hamilton

Translator - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Introduction by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Commentaries by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Notes by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Penguin Classics
Paperback : 29 Jan 2004

£8.99

Translated by Walter Hamilton and Chris Emlyn-Jones, with an introduction by Chris Emlyn-Jones

Synopsis

‘I believe that I am one of the few Athenians … who studies the genuine art of statesmanship’

Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates some of the 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 before their own advancement – a duty he believes has been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into the way in which classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.

Walter Hamilton’s distinguished translation has been completely updated for this new edition, taking recent developments in scholarship into account. In his introduction, Chris Emlyn-Jones examines Plato’s use of the dialogue form and his relationship with his teacher Socrates. This edition also includes a section-by section commentary, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, a glossary and index.


 

Table of contents

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

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

Notes
Glossary of Greek Terms
Index

Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780140449044
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 208
Published : 29 Jan 2004
Publisher : Penguin Classics

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Gorgias

» Plato

Translator - Walter Hamilton

Translator - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Introduction by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Commentaries by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

Notes by - Chris Emlyn-Jones

£8.99

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