By C. D. C. Reeve (editor), Plato, Xenophon, Aristophanes
Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was once attempted in 399 B.C.E. on a cost of corrupting the formative years, convicted by way of a jury of approximately of his friends, and condemned to demise. Glimpsed this day in the course of the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he continues to be for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a determine as Jesus or Buddha. even supposing present-day (like historic Greek) opinion on "the actual Socrates" diverges generally, six vintage texts that any expert judgment of him needs to have in mind look jointly, for the 1st time, during this quantity. these of Plato and Xenophon seem in new, formerly unpublished translations that mix accuracy, accessibility, and clarity; that of Aristophanes' Clouds bargains those related features in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the chew of Aristophanes' wit. An creation to every textual content and sensible footnotes supply an important heritage details and significant cross-references.