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Introduction to Plato’s Dialogues (8 vols.)

By 3 authors Anne H. Groton Edward Ross Wharton Plato / 4 publishers Focus Publishing Percival and Co. Harvard University Press William Heinemann Focus Publishing,
Percival and Co.,
Harvard University Press,
William Heinemann
/ 1890–2013

$89.99

Print: $150.52

Overview

Learn to engage Plato’s dialogues as his first readers would have, with the Noet Introduction to Plato’s Dialogues. This collection is perfect for both students and enthusiasts interested in studying under Plato in the original Greek for the first time. In addition to the Loeb Classical Library editions of the Republic, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Phaedrus, this collection includes the latest edition of Anne Groton’s From Alpha to Omega—a Greek language text book structured around selections from actual Ancient Greek writings, designed to kick-start comprehension of classic texts. Lastly, Edward Ross Wharton’s Etyma Graeca provides a vocabulary foundation in 5,000 words from which most all other classical Greek words are built.

Philosopher and mathematician A.N. Whitehead once claimed that “the safest general characterization of European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” It is difficult to disagree with him. Plato wrote seminal works on ethics, political theory, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. His concept of forms went on to have a great influence on Christian theology in the post-Apostolic period. Many of the ideas that form the basis for Western democracy come from his Republic. Now you can experience the great Philosopher in his own words.

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Key Features

  • Equips classical enthusiasts to dialogue with Plato in the original Greek
  • Provides a contemporary Greek language textbook and basic lexicon designed around selections from actual Ancient Greek writings
  • Includes Plato’s Republic, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Phaedrus in the Loeb Classical Library editions

Product Details

  • Title: Introduction to Plato’s Dialogues
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,529
  • Resource Type: Ancient Texts
  • Topic: Ancient Philosophy

Individual Titles

From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek

  • Author: Anne Groton
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 540

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

This new edition of the bestselling classical Greek textbook combines a traditionally rigorous introduction to Ancient Greek with an encouraging, pleasant, and accessible presentation for today’s modern students. From Alpha to Omega inspires students of Ancient Greek by structuring lessons around manageable selections of actual Ancient Greek writings, beginning with Aesop’s most amusing and curious fables. By the second half of the book, students are able to take on instructive passages from The New Testament, Demosthenes, Xenophon, Thucydides, Lysias, Arrian, Aristotle, and Plato. The readings demonstrate new vocabulary and syntax learned in the lesson, allowing students to develop the chapter’s lesson through actual Ancient Greek passages. This textbook also includes a comprehensive glossary of words from the lessons and readings in both Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek format for easy reference.

Anne Groton is professor of classics at St. Olaf College, where she has chaired the department of classics and directed the programs in ancient and medieval studies.

Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: W. R. M. Lamb
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 307

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains W. R. M. Lamb’s translation of Plato’s Euthyphro, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, and his account of Socrates’ trial for treason: Apology.

Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus: Greek Text

  • Author: Plato
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 307

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the Greek text of Plato’s Euthyphro, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, and his account of Socrates’ trial for treason: Apology.

Republic, vol. 1

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Paul Shorey
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1930
  • Pages: 288

This volume contains Paul Shorey’s translation of the first five books of Plato’s Republic.

Republic, vol. 1: Greek Text

  • Author: Plato
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1930
  • Pages: 288

This volume contains the Greek text of the first five books of Plato’s Republic.

Republic, vol. 2

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Paul Shorey
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains Paul Shorey’s translation of books six through ten of Plato’s Republic.

Republic, vol. 2: Greek Text

  • Author: Plato
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains the Greek text of books six through ten of Plato’s Republic.

Etyma Graeca: An Etymological Lexicon of Classical Greek

  • Author: Edward Ross Wharton
  • Publisher: Percival and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 167

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Of the 41,000 words used by Greek authors down to 300 BC about seven-eighths are derivatives or compounds, and their formation is sufficiently explained in Liddell and Scott’s Lexicon. The remaining 5,000 form the subject of the present work, Etyma Graeca: An Etymological Lexicon of Classical Greek. In part one, they are arranged alphabetically, in part two according to the etymological processes involved in them.

Etyma Graeca also includes two important appendixes. Appendix A is a list of the 92 onomatopoeic words found in classical Greek. From the nature of the case no derivation can be sought for these, though many may be paralled in other languages. In Appendix B, the 641 loan-words in classical Greek are arranged as far as possible according to the languages from which they were taken. Most of them are substantives, and denote material objects.

Edward Ross Wharton (1844–1896) earned his BA and MA from Trinity College, Oxford. In 1868, he was elected fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and was a noted philologist and genealogist.

About Plato

Plato (427–347 BC) was born in Athens to an aristocratic family. A student of Socrates until the latter’s death, he also studied the works of Herculitus, Parmenides, and the Pythagoreans. Following the death of Socrates, Plato spent a number of years travelling around the Mediterranean. He eventually returned to Athens and founded a school of philosophy called the Academy (named for the field in which it was located), where he later taught Aristotle.

Plato wrote works on ethics, politics, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. He is best known for his theory of forms, the theory that the qualities that define a thing’s existence (redness, beauty) exist in an abstract realm of forms, separate from matter. Plato believed that what was true, and therefore real, must be unchanging. Because the material world is in a constant state of change it is not true reality but a mere illusion. Plato taught that love is the longing for the Beautiful in its purest, most abstract, form. Consequently, love is what motivates all the highest human achievements.