The Republic

Plato; Translated and with an Introduction by R. E. Allen

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May 27, 2008
400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300136371
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R. E. Allen’s highly regarded translations of the dialogues of Plato have been praised for their faithfulness and readability. Many years in the making, his translation of The Republic has been eagerly awaited. It comes now to crown a distinguished classicist’s efforts to make Plato’s works available in readable and accurate translations. This new, lucid translation of Plato’s greatest dialogue is the first major translation in English since the publication of F. M. Cornford’s and G. M. A. Grube’s renditions more than a generation ago. It is likely to be the standard translation for years to come.

This edition, intended for the student and general reader, is accompanied by Allen’s notes and introduction. The Republic is, of course, many things: metaphysics and epistemology, moral psychology and ethics, educational theory and aesthetics, and poetry and eschatology. In his introduction, Allen takes up its threshold question—the political—and argues that its particular formulation by Plato had a direct and profound influence on the Founding Fathers and the development of American constitutional law.

R. E. Allen was Professor of Classics and Philosophy Emeritus at Northwestern University. His other distinguished translations of Plato’s dialogues, published by Yale University Press, include Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Gorgias, Menexenus; The Symposium; Ion, Hippias Minor, Laches, Protagoras; and Parmenides.

"Professor Allen's credentials as a philosopher and classicist are impeccable. He has already demonstrated his expertise in his published translations of Plato's Dialogues. His translation of The Republic comes to crown his effort to make Plato available in highly readable and accurate renditions. ”—John P. Anton, University of South Florida   

"Students mystified by the old Cornford translation might find this on easier to grasp."—Library Journal

"The introduction alone is worth the price of the volume. Students who are assigned the translation will find not only a lucid text but Allen's guiding hand in showing its contemporary relevance."—Jude P. Dougherty, The Review of Metaphysics

Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.