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SYMPOSIUM TR. WATERFIELD

SYMPOSIUM TR. WATERFIELD

By: Waterfield, Robin
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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

By: 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.
  • SYSTEM OF THE WORLD

    SYSTEM OF THE WORLD

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    THE BONES: GUIDE TO EUCLID'S ELEMENTS

    THE BONES: GUIDE TO EUCLID'S ELEMENTS

    By: Euclid Au
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    A handy where-to-find-it pocket reference companion to Euclid's Elements. Provides all the propositions and diagrams without the detailed proofs. Readers can use it to see the scope and structure of Elements, identify exactly what Euclid covers and what he doesn't, and to find the location of remembered propositions.
    THEAETETUS TR. BENARDETE

    THEAETETUS TR. BENARDETE

    By: Plato
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    "Theaetetus," the "Sophist," and the "Statesman" are a trilogy of Platonic dialogues that show Socrates formulating his conception of philosophy as he prepares the defense for his trial. Originally published together as "The Being and the Beautiful," these translations can be read seperately or as a trilogy. Each includes an introduction, extensive notes, and comprehensive commentary that examines the trilogy's motifs and relationships.
    THEAETETUS TR. LEVETT & BURNYEAT

    THEAETETUS TR. LEVETT & BURNYEAT

    By: Plato
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    M. J. Levett's elegant translation of Plato's Theaetetus, first published in 1928, is here revised by Myles Burnyeat to reflect contemporary standards of accuracy while retaining the style, imagery, and idiomatic speech for which the Levett translation is unparalleled. Bernard William's concise introduction, aimed at undergraduate students, illuminates the powerful argument of this complex dialogue, and illustrates its connections to contemporary metaphysical and epistemological concerns.

    THREE COMEDIES BIRDS CLOUDS WASPS TR. ARROWSMITH

    THREE COMEDIES BIRDS CLOUDS WASPS TR. ARROWSMITH

    By: Aristophanes
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    Contains The Birds, The Clouds, and The Wasps
    TIMAEUS and CRITIAS, TR. WATERFIELD

    TIMAEUS and CRITIAS, TR. WATERFIELD

    By: Gregory, Andrew
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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.

    TIMAEUS TR. KALKAVAGE

    TIMAEUS TR. KALKAVAGE

    By: Plato
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    Both an ideal entrée for beginning readers and a solid text for scholars, the second edition of Peter Kalkavage's acclaimed translation of Plato's Timaeus brings enhanced accessibility to a rendering well known for its faithfulness to the original text.

    An extensive essay offers insights into the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue, and the cultural background of the Timaeus. Appendices on music, astronomy, and geometry provide additional guidance. A brief outline of the themes of the work, a detailed glossary, and a selected bibliography are also included.

    TIMAEUS TR. ZEYL

    TIMAEUS TR. ZEYL

    By: Plato
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    First published in Plato: Complete Works, Donald J. Zeyl's masterful translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole. Includes an analytic table of contents and a select bibliography.

    TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES: EUTHYPHRO, APOLOGY, CRITO AND DEATH SCENE FROM PHAEDO TR. GRUBE

    TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES: EUTHYPHRO, APOLOGY, CRITO AND DEATH SCENE FROM PHAEDO TR. GRUBE

    By: Plato
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    The third edition of The Trial and Death of Socrates presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with a Select Bibliography.

    WAY THINGS ARE TR. HUMPHRIES

    WAY THINGS ARE TR. HUMPHRIES

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