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Republic by Plato, The (SparkNotes Literature Guide) Paperback – 1 Jun 2008


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411407156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411407152
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you're going to take an exam on "The Republic" then this will help, though it won't substitute for reading the book. But it will point you to likely areas to revise and offers some clear explanations of some of the concepts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Translation 16 April 2009
By Bryce H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My professor switched from Allan Bloom to Joe Sachs. The format makes the text accessible and the translation is as fluid as any I've read.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Republic Sachs 25 Oct 2007
By John P. Anders - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. The translation is noteworthy for its readability, accuracy, and, not least of all, its provocative footnotes.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Republic made lucid for modern readrers. 21 May 2007
By Jerry Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At the age of 50+ I realized that much of what I was trying to figure out cou

ld not be understood without reading -- and understanding -- several basic works in the history of western thought. One of these was Plato's REPUBLIC.

I began reading Jowett's translation, which I had bought about 1964. I kept running up against words I didn't fully understand. The whole thing sounded like a period piece, some antique writing I should appreciate as an historical treasure.

When I encountered Sachs' translation I realized that the thinking the dialogue presents is relevant -- and challenging -- to what we encounter today. The folks in this version sound like educated contemporaries, and there are few words so ambiguous that the reader can't figure out which meaning is intended. This translation reads as living thinking, not as a record of some quaint ideas hatched and frozen long ago.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent translation 26 Jan 2013
By Irene's Daughter - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bloom translation came out when I was a student at St. John's, where Joe Sachs later taught (we never overlapped). From here on out, I was always look for his translation when reading the ancient Greek classics. Well done!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Plato Republic (Joe Sachs) 18 Oct 2009
By Mary Jane Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
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This version (Joe Sachs) is quite informative and easy to follow in means of understanding in more simpler terms. I would highly recommend this towards any interested reader from any statue in regards to the focus of Plato.
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