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    • The Republic (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In search of an ideal civilization, Socrates leads Glaucon, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and others in debates about various subjects, including justice, truth, class, and art. For without righteousness, tyranny and injustice give rise to oligarchy. The influential dialogues of The Republic helped shape all of Western literature and philosophical thought. It is as much a doctrine of ethics and politics now as it was for the ancient Greeks, and its dilemma remains: how to create a perfect society populated by very imperfect human beings.

    Regular price: £6.49

    • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 1

    • Symposium, Theaetetus, Phaedo
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translation
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, Hugh Ross, full cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. Symposium, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends - each very different in personality and background - meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love. Each one, Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes (the playwright) and Agathon (a prize-winning tragic poet), presents his particular view in a short discourse.

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    • The Socratic Dialogues: Late Period, Volume 1

    • Timaeus, Critias, Sophist, Statesman, Philebus
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, David Timson, Peter Kenny, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato's later period, when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision. In Timaeus (mainly a monologue read by David Timson in the title role), Plato considers cosmology in terms of the nature and structure of the universe, the ever-changing physical world and the unchanging eternal world. And he proposes a demiurge as a benevolent creator God.

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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

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    • Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's great

    • By Fluent Breather on 12-06-17
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 10-02-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 36 ratings

    Regular price: £14.89

    • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

    • The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterful recording brings Plato back to life

    • By Chris on 27-11-17

    Regular price: £16.59

    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Plato's The Republic is regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of literature. In it, Plato seeks to define justice - what it means to society, to politics, to humankind. He then hopes to draw a conclusion against mass justice and individual justice. He first defines justice via social classes, but then migrates to the idea that personal justice mirrors that of the organized, or governmental, justice. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • hasn't aged well

    • By P. Fox on 01-05-18

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 2

    • Phaedrus, Cratylus, Parmenides
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, Laurence Kennedy, full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The remarkable range of Plato's Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery). They go for a walk outside the walls of Athens and, under a plane tree by the banks of the Ilissus, talk about love - erotic and 'Platonic' love. Socrates endeavours to steer Phaedrus away from infatuation and show him that real love is based on concern for the beloved.

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    • The Laws

    • The Socratic Dialogues Late Period, Volume 2
    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy, Hayward Morse, Sam Dale
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Laws is the longest of Plato’s Dialogues and actually doesn’t feature Socrates at all - the principal figure taking the lead is the ‘Athenian Stranger’ who engages two older men in the discussion, Cleinias (from Crete) and Megillus (from Sparta). The Dialogue is set in Crete, and the three men embark on a pilgrimage from Knossus to the cave of Dicte, where, legend reports, Zeus was born. 

    Regular price: £28.99

    • Plato's Euthyphro

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Euthyphro, Socrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro's claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics. Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates' questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Euthyphro is one of the better dialogues

    • By Greg Gauthier on 15-07-16

    Regular price: £9.89

    • The Socratic Dialogues Early Period, Volume 2

    • Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Euthydemus, Lesser Hippias, Greater Hippias
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato's Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading sophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

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    • The Socratic Dialogues: Middle Period, Volume 3

    • The Republic
    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowlett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all of Plato's Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city-state. Socrates narrates a conversation that took place the previous day with Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus and others. The dialogue is organised into 10 books and covers a broad range of topics, including the ideal community and the ideal rulers of the community.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential knowledge

    • By Dr. Dylan Evans on 05-04-18

    Regular price: £24.29

    • The Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Bruce Alexander
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
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    In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pure joy

    • By Lee on 01-05-10

    Regular price: £17.79

    • Symposium, the Apology, and the Allegory of the Cave

    • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This collection brings together three of Plato's most enduring classics: the "Symposium", the "Apology", and the famous "Allegory of the Cave" from the Republic.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a good reader

    • By Frederick on 04-01-18

    Regular price: £16.49

    • Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Alastair Cameron
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this acclaimed Plato masterpiece, you travel back in time to attend an elaborate high society dinner. At this party, you meet Plato's mentor, Socrates, and the comic poet Aristophanes. During the banquet, each of these men is invited to praise Eros, the god of love and desire. You witness them deliver speeches that embody their wisdom and philosophies on love. You hear Socrates' celebrated account of Diotima, the prophetess who taught him that love is the manifestation of human goodness. Finally, you even hear from the famous Alcibiades.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely monotonous rendering of a Classic.

    • By Milan Perera on 06-02-19

    Regular price: £14.09

    • The Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tough book to understand whilst communting

    • By Mr. P. A. Gower on 07-11-13

    Regular price: £27.19

    • The Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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    "The Republic" is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC, concerning justice, the order and character of the just, city-state, and the just man. It is Plato's best-known work, and has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically. In the book's dialogue, Socrates discusses the meaning of justice and whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man with various Athenians and foreigners. 

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    • Plato's Phaedo

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well performed, but weak translation and editing

    • By Greg Gauthier on 12-04-18

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    • Plato's Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they all present their ideas about love - from Erixymachus' scientific naturalism to Aristophanes' comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima's ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself.

    Regular price: £10.19

    • The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Trial and the Death of Socrates gives a powerful first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history. In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account of the actual last words and moments of Socrates. Tom Griffith presents these with scene-setting introductions to the historical situation in this new translation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What can you say about Socrates

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-05-18

    Regular price: £16.29

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