Timaeus! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES:   On the nature of the universe, On sensation - nature of flesh and of the mortal soul, On pains and pleasure, On smells, On hearing, On colors, On the phenomena of respiration, On the generation of different species of animals, On the formation of the State, On the generation of the world and creation of man, Inquiry into creation of body and its members and … Continue reading Timaeus! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Ion(Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES:   On whether rhapsodes give their poetic performances by rules of art, skill/knowledge or by virtue of inspiration/divine possession…  PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates, Ion. SOCRATES: Welcome, Ion. Are you from your native city of Ephesus? ION: No, Socrates; but from Epidaurus, where I attended the festival of Asclepius. SOCRATES: And do the Epidaurians have contests … Continue reading Ion(Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Lysis! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES:   On the nature of friendship, In search of the proper definition of a friend, On the difference between essential and accidental qualities, On the "Truly Dear" as perhaps the end or ultimate principle of friendship,......... PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates, who is the narrator, Menexenus, Hippothales, Lysis, Ctesippus.  SCENE: A newly-erected Palaestra outside the walls of Athens.  I … Continue reading Lysis! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Laches! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES: On the education of children/young people/youth, Acquisition of the gift of Virtue as the End of Education, On the difference between fearlessness and courage, An attempt to define Courage, On the definition of the fearful and the hopeful, A delineation of the various types of knowledge, LYSIMACHUS: You have seen the exhibition of the man fighting in armour, Nicias and … Continue reading Laches! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Hippias Minor! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEME: Discussion about who are the better – those who intentionally err or those who do so involuntarily? EUDICUS: Why are you silent, Socrates, after the magnificent display which Hippias has been making? Why do you not either refute his words, if he seems to you to have been wrong in any point, or join with us in … Continue reading Hippias Minor! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

First Alcibiades! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES: On the essence of politics, on war and peace, weighing on whether justice and expediency are really disparate, on the nature of justice and injustice, on the ruling principle in man, on the meaning of the Delphian inscription “Know thyself” SOCRATES: I dare say that you may be surprised to find, O son of Cleinias, … Continue reading First Alcibiades! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Euthyphro! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEMES: An investigation into the meaning of piety, On the difference between fear and reverence, An illustration that the act precedes the state, EUTHYPHRO: Why have you left the Lyceum, Socrates? and what are you doing in the Porch of the King Archon? Surely you cannot be concerned in a suit before the King, like myself?  SOCRATES: Not … Continue reading Euthyphro! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Epinomis! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Translated by R.M. Lamb PLATO. Delphi Complete Works of Plato (Illustrated) (Delphi Ancient Classics Book 5)

THEME: Quest for the path to attainment of Wisdom and Moral Rectitude,  Cleinias: True to our agreement, good sir, we have come all three — you and I and Megillus here — to consider in what terms we ought to describe that part of understanding which we say produces, when it so intends, the most excellent disposition … Continue reading Epinomis! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Translated by R.M. Lamb PLATO. Delphi Complete Works of Plato (Illustrated) (Delphi Ancient Classics Book 5)

Symposium! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: On the noble error, the nature of true praise, the being and nature of love, works of love, on the birth of love, the nature of the spirit Love, on the mysteries of love,  Impossible: I (Apollodorus) said. Are you ignorant that for many years Agathon has not resided at Athens; and not three … Continue reading Symposium! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Sophist! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: The search after the sophist, inquiry into the nature/reality of not-being, on the problem of Being, on admixture/communion of natures, on the possibility of falsehood, on the conception of language and opinion, on the definition of disease, vice, ignorance, the nature of essence... THEODORUS: Nay, Socrates, he is not one of the disputatious sort--he is too good for … Continue reading Sophist! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Phaedrus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: on the nature and power of love, the figure of the soul, rules of writing and speech making… Now I have no leisure for such enquiries (Religious allegories/myths); shall I tell you why? I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I … Continue reading Phaedrus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Phaedo (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: Discussion on soul’s immortality, Suicide, Theory of Forms, & leading the philosophical life…  How singular is the thing called pleasure, and how curiously related to pain, which might be thought to be the opposite of it; for they are never present to a man at the same instant, and yet he who pursues either is generally compelled to take … Continue reading Phaedo (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)