Synopses & Reviews
The Alcibiades was widely read in antiquity as the very best introduction to Plato. In spite of its ancient reputation, many modern scholars have thought that the Alcibiades is not by Plato and it has therefore lacked a decent commentary. This edition remedies that situation. The notes explain difficulties of linguistic, literary and philosophical detail. The introduction includes a discussion of the dialogue's authenticity, and of the consequences that acknowledging its authenticity has for our conception of Plato's intellectual development.
"This text will be essential for all students of Plato..." Religious Studies Review"The Alcibiades is rich in Platonic argument and character portrayal, and its relatively simple structure makes it attractive for its traditional use as an introduction to Plato. Further, the editor and Cambridge University Press have produced an attractive and handy book, reminiscent of Burnet's Phaedo in size and format, though with smaller type. Whether or not the Alcibiades is returned to the place it held in the canon for more than two millennia, this volume will be a convenient resource at many levels." Journal of the History of Philosophy
"This text will be essential for all students of Plato..." Religious Studies Review"His analysis of the dialogue's argument in its broader features and in its details is, as we should expect, especially helpful, and anyone who wants to achieve a better understanding of the philosophical content ought to consult it." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
The first modern edition of Plato's Alcibiades, aimed at both students and scholars.
Ancient readers regarded this work, which is written in dialogue form, as the very best introduction to Plato. It represents Socrates meeting the notorious Athenian politician, Alcibiades, as he is about to enter adult life, and using all his wiles in an attempt to win him for philosophy. This, the first modern edition of the work, presents an up-to-date Greek text, a commentary explaining details of literary, linguistic and philosophical interest, and an introduction which discusses the dialogueâs authenticity and sets it in the context of Platoâs work.
Plato's Alcibiades presented for students and scholars of Greek. Contains:(i) The Greek text of Plato's dialogue Alcibiades. [Only Greek text on sale in a volume by itself; incorporates the most up-to-date results of textual criticism.](ii) An English commentary, explaining details of literary, linguistic and philosophical interest. [Only commentary in any modern language.](iii) An English introduction, describing the dialogue generally and its place in Plato's work. [Other introductions are in French and Italian.]
About the Author
Nicholas Denyer is University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow and College Lecturer in Philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has taught in the Philosophy Departments of Stanford University, the University of Auckland and the University of Western Australia and has given occasional lectures in France, the Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Italy. He has published two books - Time, Action and Necessity: A Proof of Free Will (1981) (0715615300) and Language, Thought and Falsehood in Ancient Greek Philosophy (1991) (0415022193/0415091845) - and has contributed articles to numerous scholarly journals in classics, philosophy and theology.
Table of Contents
Introduction; PLATONOS ALKIBIADES; Commentary.