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Conversations of SocratesConversations of Socrates
Xenophon
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Xenophon's complete Socratic works--Socrates' Defence, Memoirs of Socrates, The Dinner Party, and The Estate-Manager--not only portray the character and teachings of the great philosopher but apply Socratic principles to the daily life of Greece, giving insight into the religious, political,and moral views of the Athenians.
     

The Persian ExpeditionThe Persian Expedition
Xenophon
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In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army - the Ten Thousand - to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were then betrayed by their Persian employers, they were forced to march home through hundreds of miles of difficult terrain - adrift in a hostile country and under constant attack from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. In this outstanding description of endurance and individual bravery, Xenophon, one of those chosen to lead retreating army, provides a vivid narrative of the campaign and its aftermath, and his account remains one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting a 'barbarian' world.
Rex Warner's distinguished translation captures the epic quality of the Greek original, and George Cawkwell's introduction sets the story of the expedition in the context of its author's life and tumultuous times.
     


From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western SpeculationFrom Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation
Francis Cornford, F.M. Cornford

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In this exploration of the "very first utterance of philosophers," F.M Cornford showed that the remarkable burst of abstract speculation among pre-Socratic thinkers of the sixth century B.C. emerged directly from the religious thought of the preceding era in Greece. Combining profound clasical scholarship with striking anthropological and sociological insight, Cornford rejected the post-Darwinian rationalist assumption that religion and philosophy are fundamentally different from each other. His book supplies a needed reminder of the intricate connections between critical scientific thought and social and emotional experience. Classicists, historians of religion, students of ancient history, and everyone concerned with the subject of myth will find this lucid and highly original work to be a source of rich insights about the organic nature and continuity of Western thought.
     

Early Greek PhilosophyEarly Greek Philosophy
Jonathan Barnes
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This anthology looks at the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams--all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a major new papyrus of Empedocles.
     

A History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome-From the Pre-Socratics to PlotinusA History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome-From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus
Frederick Copleston
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Frederick Copleston's original nine-volume A History of Philosophy began as an attempt to provide Catholic seminary students, whom Copleston believed were being woefully undersold in philosophy, a comprehensive but accessible guide to the ideas and individuals that have shaped philosophy. His work went on to be regarded by many a single best history of philosophy ever written in English.

Coplsteon's work sought provides a detailed, and by consensus fair, treatment of the amjor philosophers and their ideas from the Pre-Socratics all the way up to Levi-Staruass. He skillfully avoids simplistic caricatures and his narrative sparkles with incident and intellectual excitement giving each philosopher a full hearing with erudition, attention to style, while illuminating each figure has to those who came before and to those who came after.

Nevertheless Copleston, who is well known for his public debates and resounding defenses for the existence of God, never hides his own perspectives--but he also does not use it to truncate or distort others' views. Thus, Copleston's work is remarkably well-rounded, complete, and scholarly. Though originally intended for students, Copleston's work is a staple work for any library; especially those who wish to learn about and engage philosophical questions in an informed manner.

About Volume 1
In A History of Philosophy, Volume 1: Greece and Rome--From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus, Copleston begins with the early Ionian thinkers, before moving onto Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Zeno, Anaxagoras, as well as the Sophists. From here Copleston leads us into the three greatest ancient philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and its subsequent development in the Roman Empire. Along the way Copleston frames the central issues these philosophers addressed without truncating or oversimplifying the issues while showing how each thinker influenced and was influenced by his ancient context and peer thinkers.
     

A History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome-From the  Pre-Socratics to PlotinusA History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome-From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus
Frederick Copleston
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Frederick Copleston's original nine-volume A History of Philosophy began as an attempt to provide Catholic seminary students, whom Copleston believed were being woefully undersold in philosophy, a comprehensive but accessible guide to the ideas and individuals that have shaped philosophy. His work went on to be regarded by many a single best history of philosophy ever written in English.

Coplsteon's work sought provides a detailed, and by consensus fair, treatment of the amjor philosophers and their ideas from the Pre-Socratics all the way up to Levi-Staruass. He skillfully avoids simplistic caricatures and his narrative sparkles with incident and intellectual excitement giving each philosopher a full hearing with erudition, attention to style, while illuminating each figure has to those who came before and to those who came after.

Nevertheless Copleston, who is well known for his public debates and resounding defenses for the existence of God, never hides his own perspectives--but he also does not use it to truncate or distort others' views. Thus, Copleston's work is remarkably well-rounded, complete, and scholarly. Though originally intended for students, Copleston's work is a staple work for any library; especially those who wish to learn about and engage philosophical questions in an informed manner.

About Volume 1
In A History of Philosophy, Volume 1: Greece and Rome--From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus, Copleston begins with the early Ionian thinkers, before moving onto Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Zeno, Anaxagoras, as well as the Sophists. From here Copleston leads us into the three greatest ancient philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and its subsequent development in the Roman Empire. Along the way Copleston frames the central issues these philosophers addressed without truncating or oversimplifying the issues while showing how each thinker influenced and was influenced by his ancient context and peer thinkers.
     
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