ISBN13:978-0872205895 ISBN10: 0872205894 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0872205901 ISBN10: 0872205908
Summary: Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on "the real Socrates" di
verges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references.
Summary: Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on "the real Socrates" diverges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Hackett Publishing Co. Published: 03/01/2002 International: No
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Reeve, C. D. C. (Ed.) : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
C. D. C. Reeve is Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Reeve's translation of Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and the death scene from the Phaedo is careful and reliable; it captures the sense of the Greek in clear and idiomatic English."
--Terence Irwin, Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University
"Peter Meineck has produced a lively, idiomatic translation of Aristophanes that should be eminently accessible to the modern student. With a fine ear trained by years of practical experience as Director of the award-winning Aquila Theatre Company, Meineck knows exactly what works on stage before a contemporary audience, yet sacrifices none of the allusive subtlety and satirical vigor of the play in its original context."
--Thomas K. Hubbard, Professor of Classics, University of Texas, Austin
Hackett Publishing Company Web Site, December, 2002
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PLATO: Introduction; Euthyphro; Apology; Crito; Phaedo (death scene) [trans. C. D. C. Reeve]. ARISTOPHANES: Introduction; Cast of Characters: Clouds; Clouds [trans. Peter Meineck]. XENOPHON: Introduction; Apology of Socrates [trans. James A. Doyle].
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