The Trial and Death of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo

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This 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. John M. Cooper is Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University.

The translations of Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and the final scene of Phaedo presented here are taken from Hackett Publishing Company's epoch-making Plato: Complete Works (1997), prepared under my editorship. In the revised form in which George Grube's distinguished translations appear here, they present Plato's wonderfully vivid and moving- as well as challenging- portrayal of Socrates, and of the philosophic life, in clear, contemporary, down-to-earth English that nonetheless preserves and accurately conveys the nuances of Plato's and Socrates' philosophical ideas. For the third edition I have added a number of new footnotes explaining various places and events in Athens, features of Greek mythology, and the like, to which Socrates or his interlocutors make reference. At a few places, mostly in the Apology, I have introduced further revisions in the translations.

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