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THE ENNEADS VOLUME 2 (4-6)

THE ENNEADS VOLUME 2 (4-6)
By Plotinus • Read by Peter Wickham
Plotinus (204/5 -270CE), born in Lycopolis, Egypt when it was part of the Roman Empire – was a major figure in the philosophical school later called Neoplatonism. Neoplatonists viewed reality as deriving from a single force or figure expressed as ‘the One’.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 2

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 2

Phaedrus • Cratylus • Parmenides

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Laurence Kennedy (Parmenides) and cast
The remarkable range of Plato’s Socratic Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery).

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

Symposium • Theaetetus • Phaedo

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Hugh Ross (Symposium) and cast
Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. SYMPOSIUM, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends – each very different in personality and background – meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 2

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 2

Gorgias • Protagoras • Meno • Euthydemus • Lesser Hippias • Greater Hippias

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato’s Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading spophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

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ON THE ENDS OF GOOD AND EVIL

ON THE ENDS OF GOOD AND EVIL
Marcus Tullius Cicero • Read by Derek Le Page
Towards the end of his life, and his career as one of the leading politicians and orators in Rome, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BCE-43 BCE) was exiled to his country house. It was a time of political turmoil in the capital of the Empire caused by the power-grab of Julius Caesar. In the quiet of the countryside, Cicero began to write on philosophy.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

The Apology • Crito • Charmenides • Laches • Lysis • Euthyphro • Menexenus • Ion

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be – living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato’s Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

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THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN

THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN
By Duncan Steen and Nicolas Soames • Read by Nicholas Boulton
There is no watertight excuse for this book. It strolls impertinently over ground that has been carefully mapped by the qualified authorities and elegantly appreciated by many devoted amateurs. Its purview is ludicrously broad – nothing less than an exhibition of the Englishman in his more characteristic manifestations through the ages. It is, wriggle out of it as we would, a hopelessly, damnably patriotic book.

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THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 3

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 3
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
In this final part to Schopenhauer’s momentous and hugely influential work, his original and wide-ranging observations are as lively as ever. Though cast as a ‘pessimist’ by history, he is anything but that to read - and listen to. Here are the last supplementary comments his original work (published 1818), the fruit of decades of further reflection.

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THE ENNEADS VOLUME 1 (1-3)

THE ENNEADS VOLUME 1 (1-3)
By Plotinus • Read by Peter Wickham
Plotinus (204/5 -270CE), born in Lycopolis, Egypt when it was part of the Roman Empire – was a major figure in the philosophical school later called Neoplatonism. Neoplatonists viewed reality as deriving from a single force or figure expressed as ‘the One’. Two further concepts from Plotinus, ‘the Intellect’ and ‘the Soul’ are also principal features of his philosophy.

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FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES

FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES
By Chrétien de Troyes • Read by Nicholas Boulton
The Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes form the wellspring of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Stories of knightly valour in the Welsh marches had existed before the 12th century, but it was the magnificent poetry and imagination of Chrétien, the 12th century French poet and trouvère, which brought alive the great characters of Arthur, his wife Guinevere, Lancelot and others.

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