Plato (428 - 348 BC) | Platonism

I have said enough in my defence against the first class of my accusers; I turn to the second class. They are headed by Meletus , that good man and true lover of his country, as he calls himself. Against these, too, I must try to make a defence: – Let their affidavit be read: it contains something of this

Men of Athens, do not interrupt, but hear me; there was an understanding between us that you should hear me to the end: I have something more to say, at which you may be inclined to cry out; but I believe that to hear me will be good for you, and therefore I beg that you will not cry out.

... There are many reasons why I am not grieved, O men of Athens, at the vote of condemnation : I expected it, and am only surprised that the votes are so nearly equal; for I had thought that the majority against me would have been far larger; but now, had thirty votes gone over to the other side, I

What do you think of him, Socrates? Has he not a beautiful face? Most beautiful, I said. By Heracles – I said – there never was such a paragon, if he has only one other slight addition. What is that? said Critias. If he has a noble soul; and being of your house, Critias, he may be expected to have

First Alcibiades | Part 2 | Plato SOCRATES: A true prophecy! Let me begin then by enquiring of you whether you allow that the just is sometimes expedient and sometimes not? ALCIBIADES: Yes. SOCRATES: And sometimes honourable and sometimes not? ALCIBIADES: What do you mean? SOCRATES: I am asking if you ever knew anyone who did what was dishonourable and

First Alcibiades | Part 3 | Plato ALCIBIADES: I entirely believe you; but what are the sort of pains which are required, Socrates,–can you tell me? SOCRATES: Yes, I can; but we must take counsel together concerning the manner in which both of us may be most improved. For what I am telling you of the necessity of education applies

Second Alcibiades Plato School Translated by Benjamin Jowett The text "Second Alcibiades" is not a direct continuation of "First Alcibiades" published earlier, but an independent work. Written in a style of Plato's dialogue and featuring the well known prototypes of Socrates and Alcibiades, historically it has been ascribed to Plato. However, contemporary critics mostly consider it apocriphal, probably written not

Republic Plato (c. 428 – 348 BC) Translated by Benjamin Jowett Republic | Book I - Part 1 SOCRATES - GLAUCON I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess; and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which

*/ Republic | Book I - Part 2 SOCRATES - CLEITOPHON - POLEMARCHUS - THRASYMACHUS Yes, said Cleitophon, interposing, if you are allowed to be his witness. But there is no need of any witness, said Polemarchus, for Thrasymachus himself acknowledges that rulers may sometimes command what is not for their own interest, and that for subjects to obey them

*/ Republic | Book II - Part 1 SOCRATES - GLAUCON WITH these words I was thinking that I had made an end of the discussion; but the end, in truth, proved to be only a beginning. For Glaucon, who is always the most pugnacious of men, was dissatisfied at Thrasymachus’ retirement; he wanted to have the battle out. So