Republic I notes for 10/4/07, p. 1
Lecture 12, October 4, 2007 Republic Book I
*Julia Annas, 1981: best general guide
*D. Roochnik, 2003, Beautiful City
*S. Rosen, 2005, P’s Rep a Study
*G. Santas, 2006, Blackwell Guide
*J. Mitchell, 2006, Plato’s Fable
*K Dorter, 2006, Transformation of PR
*G. Ferrari, 2007, Cambridge Compan.
*S. Blackburn, 2007, P’s Rep Biography
*Entirely narrated by Socrates
*Dramatic date: inconsistent between about 424 and 408 or so (see Nails,
*House of Cephalus in the Peiraeus.
*Cephalus: wealthy Syracusan attracted to Athens by Pericles to develop the
arms industry. By 404, the factory he founded had over 100 slaves.
*Polemarchus: older son of C., born in Syracuse, owner of the house where
the Rep takes place. Executed by the 30 in 404.
*Lysias: younger son of Cephalus, probably by second wife; brother of sophist
Euthydemus, after 404 was a speech writer: see beginning of
There is an autobiographical speech in his corpus.
*Thrasymachus of Chalcedon b. c. 445. A rhetorician of note, cf. Phdr 267c.
*Cleitophon: 452??-404. Known for his flip-flop politics (mainly oligarchic), he
appears in Rep as consistent normative relativist. See dialogue named