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Reading Plato 2013

Postby Mehdi Abbassi » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:35 pm

Hello everybody,
I'm suggesting to read Plato's dialogues is a group work. Is here anybody? I'm graduate student of philosophy and I'm interested in learning Ancient Greek for reading philosophical works.

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Re: Reading Plato 2013

Postby pster » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:35 pm

I can't answer for others, but my sense is that we are a bit overwhelmed with Aeschylus and Thucydides. I could only do one and had to give up the Aeschylus.

I suggest you just start in on what you want to read and put up questions as you go along. Nearly every grammar question gets answered around here and most of us have read a lot of Plato in English and in Greek. I've read three or four dialogues in Greek, and almost all except the Laws in English. I am particularly interested in the early Socratic dialogues and Vlastos' work on the elenchus, so if you start any threads about those subjects, I would almost certainly join in.

Build it and they will come. We need more philosophy grad students around here anyway. If you put up interesting questions, you'll get intersting discussion. Usually it takes the better part of the week to warm up.
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Re: Reading Plato 2013

Postby gregf » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:01 am

I would certainly be willing to participate, but since I'm also a relatively new to Greek (through chapter 5 in Hansen and Quinn, but moving fast. :)), I might not be very useful to the undertaking. However, if you'd like to work through something like Steadman's Symposium (also downloadable as a pdf for free here), I would be happy to tag along.
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Re: Reading Plato 2013

Postby richypoos » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:19 pm

I have been learning Greek now for the last seven months, as part of an MA in Philosophy...Woohoo for me!

I am going through the 'Reading Greek' series which I really like...however I am eager to begin reading the texts straight (Loeb, so with parallel English text).

I think I will buy Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics but m wondering if anyone could suggest the best Plato Dialogue to begin with?
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Re: Reading Plato 2013

Postby Jeff Tirey » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:41 pm

richypoos wrote:I have been learning Greek now for the last seven months, as part of an MA in Philosophy...Woohoo for me!

I am going through the 'Reading Greek' series which I really like...however I am eager to begin reading the texts straight (Loeb, so with parallel English text).

I think I will buy Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics but m wondering if anyone could suggest the best Plato Dialogue to begin with?


Is that the JACT series? Traditionally, the Apology and Crito and good entry points for Plato and there are many adapted readers out there to help you along.

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Re: Reading Plato 2013

Postby Bart » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:02 am

I have just finished going through Mastronarde and am now reading Lysias I in the annotated edition by Steadman (http://geoffreysteadman.com/). Next on the list is Plato's Krito. I hope to begin in two weeks or so. I will again be using Steadman, which is freely available as pdf-file. If you feel like joining, please do!
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