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Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

Is it better to suffer evil or to do evil? Is it better to do something wrong and avoid being caught or to be caught and punished? Is pleasure the same as goodness? As the characters in the dialogue pursue these questions, the foundations of ethics and the nature of the good life come to light.

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Great dialogue + good performance

Gorgias is a great Platonic dialogue. That is settled. What isn't is how to present a Socratic dialogue that sometimes meanders through dark wooded arguments and sometimes leaps in starts and fits. Overall, there is much of Jesus of Nazareth in Plato's Socratic dialogues. So if any could be called Plato's Sermon on the Mpunt, this is probably it. Though dealing with political topics, it hovers around personal morality and the importance of being earnest, even when jesting and pulling your interlocutor's leg.

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ray childs hits it out of the park<br />

was a damn good book, these never disappoint, my only complaint is that where is other good dialogues like, The Charmides, Protragorist, they need to do more of these, man really well done

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Great voice actors

The actors made it very believable, like a play. It was very entertaining to listen to.