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republic-platoSocrates, Book 10here is an ancient quarrel betweenphilosophy and poetry.SymbolsCaveRepresents the illusion of reality and the importance of knowledgeSoulSymbolizes immortality through wisdom and reasonRepublicby the NumbersYear Plato founded the Academy, considered to be the first European universityYear Socrates was executed for allegedly corrupting young peopleYear the novel The Just City by Jo Walton was published, exploring the city-state concept laid out in the RepublicYears the philosopher Aristotle attended Plato's Academy before starting his own school 20~387 BCE399 BCE2015Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Internet Encyclopediaof Philosophy, Stanford UniversityCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Considered one of the most influential philosophers in history, Plato delved into the nature of reality, justice, and politics in his writing. Known for formulating his theories through Socratic dialogue, Plato's writing has made dense philosophical ideas accessible to countless thinkers, students, and scholars.PLATOC. 428–347 BCEAuthorForms & IdeasEverything people experience through their senses is a copy of the real, ideal thing.PoetryPoetry is removed from reality and misleading to youths because it can only describe an imitation of the ideal.Justice & GovernmentPhilosophers argue over the definition and advantages of justice and governance of the city-state.Main IdeasSocratesNarrator and leader of philosophical discussionsThrasymachusCynical and antagonistic; challenges Socratess views on justiceGlauconLively and well-spoken; engages in thoughtful debateAdeimantusTakes a somber, pessimistic view on justiceSTUDENTSTUDENTSTUDENTWritten in ancient Greece, the Republic delves into the philosophical nature of politics, justice, and government. Plato advances his ideas through an ongoing dialogue between the narrator Socrates and other scholars. The work is considered a formative influence on the development of political theory and the role of philosophy in society.What MakesJustice Just?KEY FIGURESAncient GreekOriginal Languagec. 380 BCEYear CompletedPlatoAuthorRepublicNonfictionPhilosophy

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