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

Socrates narrates a conversation that took place the previous day with Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus and others. The dialogue is organised into 10 books and covers a broad range of topics, including the ideal community, the ideal rulers of the community - philosophers and the philosopher king - and various forms of government, including timocracy, oligarchy, democracy and tyranny.

Part of the Ukemi recording of the complete Socratic Dialogues by Plato, it uses the classic translation by Benjamin Jowett and is read with authority by David Rintoul.

Public Domain (P)2018 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Amazing

I had read the Republic before, but the audio version is quite another thing. The narration is outstanding and makes the dialogue very lively and memorable.

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Shocking and Enlightening

After listening to the whole thing, I cannot imagine a worse existence than a subject in Plato's ideal state. Essential for better understanding the failed political experiments of the last century, since they are all derivatives of this piece.

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  • Dr. Dylan Evans
  • 04-05-18

Essential knowledge

There aren’t many books that it is absolutely essential for every human being to read. This is one of them. If you haven’t read it yet, don’t read anything else until you have. This audiobook version is wonderful. David Rintoul is a masterful narrator, dramatising each of the characters in a way that Plato would thoroughly disapprove of ;-)

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  • Pavel Obolensky
  • 08-10-20

Excellent

The Republic is a truly fantastic work and David Rintoul's narration is incredible. Bear in mind that this translation is from the 19th century, so you'll hear words like 'husbandman' instead of 'farmer', but this isn't generally a problem.

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