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Author: Plato Narrator: Donal Donnelly, Ray Atherton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781449801748
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The trial and condemnation of Socrates (469–399 BC) is one of the most tragic episodes in the history of the decline of Athens in Greece. Plato, Socrates’ most devoted disciple, has preserved for us the essence of the teaching and logical system of question-and-answer of western civilization’s purest intellect in this sequence of four works.

Plato recorded the final days of his mentor, Socrates, who was tried and condemned in Athens in 399 BC on trumped-up charges of being a heretic and corrupter of the young. This collection comprises the following four books:

  • Euthyphro, in which Socrates engages Euthyphro in a debate on the steps of the courthouse where he is to stand trial;
  • The Apology, in which Socrates argues on his own behalf;
  • Crito, in which Socrates’ friends and supporters visit him in prison and urge him to recant; and
  • Phaedo, in which there is a debate on the destination of the soul, and, eventually, the philosopher’s end.
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About the Author

Plato (circa 423–347 BC) was a philosopher in ancient Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Plato, together along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially philosophy of the Western tradition.

About the Narrator

Donal Donnelly is an Irish-born film and stage actor who trained at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and later joined the world-famous Abbey Theatre. In addition to playing numerous roles on Broadway and in films, he has established himself as a first-rate narrator. Known for his inspired interpretations of James Joyce, his spirited, lyrical delivery has made him a favorite among listeners.