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Freshman Seminar, Second Semester

SYMPOSIUM TR. NEHAMAS

SYMPOSIUM TR. NEHAMAS

Author: PLATO
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A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation is extremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printing decisions (on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc.); the notes are kept to a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension and are truly informative. And the introduction admirably presents both basic information and a sense of current scholarly opinion. --S. G. Nugent, Princeton University

SYMPOSIUM TR. WATERFIELD

SYMPOSIUM TR. WATERFIELD

Author: PLATO
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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests--including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor Socrates--each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness, and a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time. Engaging the reader on every page, this new translation conveys the power, humor, and pathos of Plato's creation and is complemented by full explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

SYMPOSIUM, OR THE DRINKING PARTY TR. BRANN, KALKAVAGE, SALEM

SYMPOSIUM, OR THE DRINKING PARTY TR. BRANN, KALKAVAGE, SALEM

Author: PLATO
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This new edition of Plato's Symposium provides beginning readers and scholars alike with a solid, reliable translation that is both faithful to the original text and accessible to contemporary readers. In addition, the volume offers a number of aids to help the reader make his or her way through this remarkable work:
  • A concise introduction sets the scene, conveys the tenor of the dialogue, and introduces the reader to the main characters with a gloss on their backgrounds and a comment on their roles in the dialogue. It also provides a list of basic points for readers to keep in mind as they read the work.
  • A thought-provoking interpretive essay offers reflections on the themes of the dialogue, focusing especially on the dialogue as drama.
  • A select bibliography points to works, both classic and contemporary, that are especially relevant to readers of the Symposium.
  • Two appendices consist of a line drawing that depicts the spacial layout and positioning of characters in the Symposium, and a chart that shows the relation of the first six speeches to number, age, parentage and the function of Eros.
  • THREE COMEDIES BIRDS CLOUDS WASPS TR. ARROWSMITH

    THREE COMEDIES BIRDS CLOUDS WASPS TR. ARROWSMITH

    Author: ARISTOPHANES
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    Contains The Birds, The Clouds, and The Wasps
    TIMAEUS and CRITIAS, TR. WATERFIELD

    TIMAEUS and CRITIAS, TR. WATERFIELD

    Author: PLATO
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    'The god wanted everything to be good, marred by as little imperfection as possible.'

    Timaeus, one of Plato's acknowledged masterpieces, is an attempt to construct the universe and explain its contents by means of as few axioms as possible. The result is a brilliant, bizarre, and surreal cosmos - the product of the rational thinking of a creator god and his astral assistants, and of purely mechanistic causes based on the behaviour of the four elements. At times dazzlingly clear, at times intriguingly opaque, this was state-of-the-art science in the middle of the fourth century BC. The world is presented as a battlefield of forces that are unified only by the will of God, who had to do the best he could with recalcitrant building materials.
    The unfinished companion piece, Critias, is the foundational text for the story of Atlantis. It tells how a model society became corrupt, and how a lost race of Athenians defeated the aggression of the invading Atlanteans. This new edition combines the clearest translation yet of these crucial ancient texts with an illuminating introduction and diagrams.

    About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

    WAR OF THE PELOPONNESIANS AND THE ATHENIANS TR. MYNOTT

    WAR OF THE PELOPONNESIANS AND THE ATHENIANS TR. MYNOTT

    Author: THUCYDIDES
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    Thucydides' classic work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought. His narrative of the great war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC is now seen as a highly sophisticated study of the nature of political power itself: its exercise and effects, its agents and victims, and the arguments through which it is defended and deployed. It is therefore increasingly read as a text in politics, international relations and political theory, whose students will find in Thucydides many striking contemporary resonances. This edition seeks to present the author and the text in their proper historical context. The new translation is particularly sensitive to the risks of anachronism, and the notes and extensive reference material provide students with all the necessary historical, cultural and linguistic background they need to engage with the text on its own terms.
    WAY THINGS ARE TR. HUMPHRIES

    WAY THINGS ARE TR. HUMPHRIES

    Author: LUCRETIUS
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    " . . . [captures] the relentless urgency of Lucretius' didacticism, his passionate conviction and proselytizing fervour.' --The Classical Review