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Timaeus and Critias

Plato
Translated by Robin Waterfield and Introduced by University College London Andrew Gregory

November 2008

ISBN: 9780192807359

240 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

In Timaeus Plato attempts to describe and explain the structure of the universe: the creator god, the elements, the lower gods, the stars, and men. The companion piece, Critias, is the origin of the story of Atlantis, the lost empire defeated by ancient Athenians. This is the clearest translation yet of these crucial ancient texts.

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In Timaeus Plato attempts to describe and explain the structure of the universe: the creator god, the elements, the lower gods, the stars, and men. The companion piece, Critias, is the origin of the story of Atlantis, the lost empire defeated by ancient Athenians. This is the clearest translation yet of these crucial ancient texts.

  • In Timaeus Plato expounds the origin and system of the universe in a brilliantly imagined scheme of creation and divine and mortal characteristics; together with its companion piece Critias, the foundational text for the story of Atlantis, it is among Plato's most enduring and influential dialogues.
  • Robin Waterfield's translation is the clearest yet of these intricate texts.
  • Andrew Gregory's introduction outlines the importance of Timaeus to ancient Greek thinking and the Western intellectual tradition. It discusses some of the main interpretative themes for both dialogues and illuminates Plato's science.
  • Includes helpful diagrams to illustrate Plato's cosmos.
  • Invaluable notes elucidate Plato's meaning and references.

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Plato

Translated by Robin Waterfield and Introduced by University College London Andrew Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, University College London

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