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Selected Myths

Edited by Catalin Partenie

February 2009

ISBN: 9780199552559

208 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99



This volume brings together ten of the most celebrated Platonic myths, from eight of Plato's dialogues ranging from the early Protagoras and Gorgias to the late Timaeus and Critias. They include the famous myth of the cave from Republic as well as 'The Judgement of Souls' and 'The Birth of Love'. Each myth is a self-contained story, prefaced by a short explanatory note, while the introduction considers Plato's use of myth and imagery.

  • This is the only selection of Plato's myths currently available. It brings together ten of the most celebrated Platonic myths from Plato's dialogues to make a perfect introduction to Plato's philosophy for new readers.
  • The general introduction gives a brief account of the philosophical theories to which the myths refer and Plato's use of myth. The myths are self-contained stories and each one is prefaced by a short description of its setting and a summary of its philosophical meaning.
  • The translations come from established OWC editions of the dialogues from which the myths are taken, together with useful explanatory notes, with three new translations by Robin Waterfield.
  • Includes diagrammatic maps and an index of names.

About the Author(s)


Edited by Catalin Partenie, Fellow of the University of Quebec at Montreal

Table of Contents

    1:'The Origin of Virtue (Protagoras 320c-323a)
    2:'The Judgement of Souls' (Gorgias 523a-527a)
    3:'The Androgyne' (Symposium 189c-193e)
    4:'The Birth of Love' (Symposium 201d-212c)
    5:'The Other World' (Phaedo 107c-115a)
    6:'The Cave' (Republic 514a-517a)
    7:'Er's Journey into the Other World' (Republic 614b-621d)
    8:'The Winged Soul' (Phaedrus 246a-257a)
    9:'The Two Cosmic Eras' (Statesman 268d-274e)
    10:'Atlantis and the Ancient City of Athens' (Timaeus 20d-25d; Critias 108e-121c)