This is a true classic One of the best books you can read on politics It s also one of those legendary books that you can read to call yourself a well read person The contents are the work of a pure genius and it will give you a glimpse in the advanced thinking of a Greek scholar like Plato who existed hundreds of years ago It gives you a glimpse in the Greek society and what their best and brightest aspired for A book like this is sometimes exactly what is needed to fine tune a reader s intelligence into making him a thinking man Go for it. This is the seminal work on ethics so its not for the toe dippers you need to concentrate This is a reread so I knew what to expect and the electronic version does not alter the reading of it. A timeless masterpiece I love how Socrates identifies morality in the community as each person doing their job, and sticking to it Socrates also believes women and children should be held in common, which I find very interesting Socrates imaginary community really is a good example of a perfect state Essential reading. This turned out to be rather an odd buy This edition, published by , is a large formatpaperback, containing the text and nothing else No forward, notes or commentary The productpage names Jhon Duran as editor translator but he is not credited anywhere in the book itself.In these strange and unpredictable times I was drawn to Plato s The Republic for the first time in the hope that some wisdom might prevail I can t vouch for this edition, compared with otherexisting publications but am forging ahead nonetheless in the hope that it is a decent version.If you think I should be reading a different and or reliable edition do feel free to tell me. Is the UK an oligarchy with its powerful banks, police, insurance companies and newspapers Why, if democracy is so good, do so many voters distrust and dislike politicians Is Mario Monti, the technocrat Italian prime minister in 2011 2012, the ideal kind of leader despite his lack of popularity at home that Socrates describes as the guardian Will watching TV and shortening our attention spans lead to the degradation of democracy He wrote it 2,400 years ago and much of it is controversial particularly his distrust of democracy but Plato s portrayal of Socrates describing the ideal republic and the ideal person is a marvellous start for an analysis of modern politics, life and discipline It is long and can be difficult at times but most of it is illuminating, optimistic and well worth studying It is hard to disagree with his idea wisdom leads you to the best life, and that if you make mistakes you have not reached the right level of wisdom And could we dispute the four virtues he holds up as being the necessary ones for states and individuals courage, discipline, justice and, of course, wisdom A question I would ask is how the reluctant leader guardian type would come out under the modern Myers Briggs analysis Are they INTJs and INTPs Allan Bloom tries really hard to give the reader the right understanding of words and phrases which as he says some translations just chose these to make the work readable or give it variety, There is an index to the commonly used terms which is useful My experience is to always try other translations particularly if what you are reading does not make sense, the other translation may just shed a light The Balboa translation is free online and excellent, but a hard copy, this is the one for me and at a good price Everything in a perfect state. Contains Active Table of Contents HTML and in the end of book include a bonus link to the free audiobookOften ranked as the greatest of Platos many remarkable writings, this celebrated philosophical work of the fourth century BC contemplates the elements of an ideal state, serving as the forerunner for such other classics of political thought as Ciceros De Republica, St Augustines City of God, and Thomas Mores UtopiaWritten in the form of a dialog in which Socrates questions his students and fellow citizens, The Republic concerns itself chiefly with the question, What is justice as well as Platos theory of ideas and his conception of the philosophers role in society To explore the latter, he invents the allegory of the cave to illustrate his notion that ordinary men are like prisoners in a cave, observing only the shadows of things, while philosophers are those who venture outside the cave and see things as they really are, and whose task it is to return to the cave and tell the truth about what they have seen This dynamic metaphor expresses at once the eternal conflict between the world of the senses the cave and the world of ideas the world outside the cave , and the philosophers role as mediator between the twoHigh school and college students, as well as lovers of classical literature and philosophy, will welcome this handsome and inexpensive edition of an immortal work It appears here in the fine translation by the English classicist Benjamin Jowett Second time reading this, it s even better the second time around and you really begin to notice the foreshadowing presented in the first book and the use of Spatial terms such as going down and up in reference to the allegory of the cave I went DOWN yesterday to the piraeus and DESCENDED into the chasm When acquiring the ring of gyges This edition has a really helpful introduction section which goes through each of the books that make up Plato s Republic These illuminate the reader as to what to expect and give great insight into the concepts of the Republic as a whole I recommend to anyone who has little experience of philosophy or Plato s writing not to skip this section A good read. I purchased this for my friends daughters birthday She was not impressed She did like the Dr Seuss book though Every child should read this, especially if they intend to be a member of the ruling class.