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The Republic, Vol. I, Books 1-5 (Loeb Classical Library 237): Bks. 1-5 Hardcover – 1 Jul 1989

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb; Revised edition edition (1 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674992628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674992627
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Excellent edition of The Republic 6 May 2007
By S. McCarthy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Shorey's english rendering of the Greek in the Loeb edition is, in my opinion, excellent. More than anything, he captures the passion and fervor of Socrates beautifully, as his english rendering of the text is significantly more poetic than the vast majority of translations of The Republic. While, obviously, there are countless other editions and translations of The Republic, few of these do "justice" to the work qua literature as Shorey does. Shorey's translation, while perhaps a little less accessible to beginning readers than Alan Bloom's or WHD Rouse's, is not difficult to the point of inaccessibility, and its strengths in other regards are too significant to make it necessary to purchase anything other than the Loeb edition of The Republic.

It is my hope that this review is actually helpful to someone that is deciding which edition or translation of The Republic to buy. Far too many Amazon reviews are little more than opining on the ostensible subject matter of a book that the individual either did not read, or did not understand.
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The Best Translation? 26 May 2014
By Michael Pakaluk - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was at a meeting of classical philosophers when the topic of the best Republic translation came up. I won't name names, but these were philosophers and scholars who would be recognized as being at the very top of the profession. It was the near consensus of that group that, all things considered, Shorey's translation was perhaps the best. This surprised me, but the fact seems worth reporting. Of course if you buy the Loeb Republic for its translation you get as a bonus a facing Greek text besides.
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One Star 27 Sept. 2014
By Jules - Published on
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