Rich in drama and humour, this volume includes 'Ion', a debate on poetic inspiration; 'Laches', in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and ''Euthydemus', which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. The book features a new preface, up-dated further reading, and a chronology.
Plato (c. 427347 bce) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues. Walter Hamilton (19081988) was master and honorary fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His translations for Penguin Classics include Platos Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII. Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University.