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CAPITAL Volume 1

CAPITAL Volume 1
By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page
It can be said of very few books that the world was changed as a result of its publication – but this is certainly the case of Capital, Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Volume 1 appeared (in German) in 1867, and the two subsequent volumes appeared at later dates after the author’s death – completed to extensive notes left by Marx himself.

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THE SECRET HISTORY

THE SECRET HISTORY

Procopius

Read by Nigel Carrington
The Secret History, written by the 6th century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine period. Procopius, the leading official historian of his time, lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler.

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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 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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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 – 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 3

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 3

The Republic

Read by David Rintoul as Socrates
The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city state.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 1

Timaeus • Sophist • Critias • Statesman • Philebus

David Rintoul as Socrates, with David Timson, Peter Kenny and full cast
These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato’s later period when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 2

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 2

The Laws

By Plato • Laurence Kennedy with Hayward Morse and Sam Dale
The Laws is the longest of Plato’s Dialogues and actually doesn’t feature Socrates at all – the principal figure taking the lead is the ‘Athenian Stranger’ who engages two older men in the discussion, Cleinias (from Crete) and Megillus (from Sparta).

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ON THE SOUL AND PARVA NATURALIA

ON THE SOUL AND PARVA NATURALIA
By Aristotle • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Two contrasting reflections by Aristotle which cover a very particular ground. In On the Soul, Aristotle presents his view of the ‘life essence’ which, he argues, is possessed by living things whether plants, animals or humans.

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