Plato’s Apology (Defence) of Socrates is a masterpiece of ancient rhetoric which philosophically illustrates in practice and illuminates in principle Plato’s version of Socrates’ dialectical method. This edition aims not merely to present and combine valuable research but to develop it further. The editor is more sceptical than some recent researchers of the historical accuracy of Plato’s version of Socrates’ defence, and offers an account of the Apology as a work of Plato’s own art. [Greek text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.]
Edition of Plato’s Apology of Socrates. Greek text, with facing translation, introduction and commentary.
†Michael Stokes was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Durham, where he held the Chair of Greek from 1974 to 1993. He was formerly Lecturer in Greek at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University. His publications include Dialectic in Action: an Examination of Plato's Crito (Classical Press of Wales, 2005), One and Many in Presocratic Philosophy (Center for Hellenic Studies, 1971) and Plato’s Socratic Conversations (Athlone Press & Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986).