Alcibiades I

PLATO (ΠΛΆΤΩΝ) (c. 428 BC - c. 347 BC), translated by Benjamin JOWETT (1817 - 1893)

As Jowett relates in his brilliant introduction, 95% of Plato's writing is certain and his reputation rests soundly on this foundation. The Alcibiades 1 appears to be a short work by Plato with only two characters: Socrates and Alcibiades. This dialogue has little dramatic verisimilitude but centres on the question of what knowledge one needs for political life. Like the early dialogues, the question is on whether the virtues needed by a statesman can be taught, on the importance of self-knowledge as a starting point for any leader. While this may be only partially the work of Plato, or even not his at all, Jowett favoured the work with his magisterial translation and appears to favour its inclusion in the canon of true works. (Summary by Kevin Johnson)

Genre(s): Classics (Antiquity), *Non-fiction, Philosophy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Part I Kevin Johnson
00:27:48
Play 02 Part II Kevin Johnson
00:37:50
Play 03 Part III Kevin Johnson
00:43:11
Play 04 Part IV Kevin Johnson
00:26:55