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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition of The Republic 6 May 2007
By S. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition of The Republic? 9 Jun. 2013
By 3rd Day Believer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I own and am comparing the Bloom, the Grube, and this Loeb editions of Plato's Republic, and although each has merits, with the Bloom reading smoothly and with the rhythms of colloquial English, and the Grube being perhaps less skewed towards the translator's own biases--Bloom being well-known as conservative--the Loeb edition seems to me the all-around first choice. First, as I'm sure many but not all know, Loebs feature the text in its original tongue on the facing page, in this case Attic Greek. This tends to anchor the translation in verisimilitude. But also there's a demand for readability, because these are used extensively in schools. As someone who has studied Plato's Greek--though perhaps without the application it deserved--and who has continued his studies in Greek with the New Testament--and here decidedly without the devotion God's Word demands--I do have some minimal grasp of how the original maps into translation here. And as the graduate of a program--at St. John's College in Annapolis Maryland--where arguably The Republic is the one "inescapable book," I have some understanding also of Plato's Greek terms and the debates surrounding those terms. Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of the translations mentioned above, but if you want the best, and are willing to pay for a two-volume set, I recommend the Loebs unequivocally for Plato's Republic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Translation? 26 May 2014
By Michael Pakaluk - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nephew loved it. In college and just what he needed/wanted 28 Jan. 2016
By RAL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nephew loved it. In college and just what he needed/wanted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 July 2015
By Driftwin Books - Published on Amazon.com
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Helping me study ancient Greek!
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