Plato: Apology of Socrates


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Plato’s Apology (Defence) of Socrates is a masterpiece of ancient rhetoric which philosophically illustrates in practice and illuminates in principle Plato’s version of Socrates’ dialectical method. This edition aims not merely to present and combine valuable research but to develop it further. The editor is more sceptical than some recent researchers of the historical accuracy of Plato’s version of Socrates’ defence, and offers an account of the Apology as a work of Plato’s own art. [Greek text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.]

Edition of Plato’s Apology of Socrates. Greek text, with facing translation, introduction and commentary.

†Michael Stokes was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Durham, where he held the Chair of Greek from 1974 to 1993. He was formerly Lecturer in Greek at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University. His publications include Dialectic in Action: an Examination of Plato's Crito (Classical Press of Wales, 2005), One and Many in Presocratic Philosophy (Center for Hellenic Studies, 1971) and Plato’s Socratic Conversations (Athlone Press & Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986).

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†Michael Stokes was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Durham, where he held the Chair of Greek from 1974 to 1993. He was formerly Lecturer in Greek at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University. His publications include ‘Dialectic in Action: an Examination of Plato's Crito’ (Classical Press of Wales, 2005), ‘One and Many in Presocratic Philosophy’ (Center for Hellenic Studies, 1971) and ‘Plato’s Socratic Conversations’ (Athlone Press & Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Preface
Acknowledgment
INTRODUCTION
 I. Bibliographical outlines
 II. Relative dating of early treatments of Socrates’ trial
 III. Sources for Socrates in general
 IV. Socrates’ daimonion or ‘divine sign’
 V. The trial of Socrates
  (A) The charge  (B) The prosecutors  (C) The procedures
 VI. Some issues in Socratic philosophy
  (A) General  (B) Wisdom, Knowledge and Ignorance  (C) Good and Bad  (D) Death  (E) A discrepancy with the Crito?
 VII. The text of this edition
ABBREVIATIONS
REFERENCES TO PLATO
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GREEK TEXT AND TRANSLATION
COMMENTARY
INDEX