THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1
The Apology • Crito • Charmenides • Laches • Lysis • Euthyphro • Menexenus • Ion
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. Some are genuine dialogues, some are dialogues reported by a narrator supposedly at a later date. Ukemi Audiobooks presents all the Dialogues in a series of recordings divided into Early Period (Volumes 1 & 2), Middle Period (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) and Late Period (Volumes 1 & 2) – based on their likely composition by Plato. This opening volume starts with perhaps the most famous speech, The Apology, Socrates’ doomed defence against the charge of heresy and corrupting the young. It is followed by Crito, in which Socrates’ friend offers to spirit him out of Athens to avoid execution. Among the others are discussions on Courage (Laches), and Friendship (Lysis). The role of Socrates is taken by David Rintoul, a widely-admired and experienced audiobook reader who studied philosophy at university before taking a different path to RADA, TV, theatre and film. He is joined by a broad range of readers, most known to Audible listeners. Each Dialogue is prefaced with a short introduction to set the scene for newcomers to Plato. Translation: Benjamin Jowett.
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As a fan of Plato, I had been searching for a complete set of the Socratic Dialogues, so I was very excited when I saw Ukemi recordings. I was even happier when I found out that Nicolas Soames, the founder of Ukemi, was previously in charge of Naxos Audiobooks and had produced many of my favourite classics. Continue reading…