Monday, June 30, 2014

Plato's Dialogues So Far

So I've gone through eighteen dialogues so far. Euthydemus, Meno, and the spurious dialogue De Virtute will definitely be done this week. There are some works that I hoped to do, but couldn't quite fit in -- Laches, Menexenus, Plutarch's dialogue on Socrates' daimonion. I think that last I will move to after the Phaedo, which is an influence on it, but my current thought is that next week I'll do Laches, Menexenus, and Hipparchus. This July will also see the Last Days dialogues -- Theatetus, Euthyphro, Sophist, Statesman, Apology, Phaedo, Crito -- which deal with Socrates' trial and death. I haven't done any Xenophon yet, but that will start up in July, as well.


Phaedrus: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Hippias Minor
Gorgias: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Timaeus: Part I, Part II

Heavily Disputed

Alcibiades Major

Usually Regarded as Spurious

The Platonic Definitions
Rival Lovers
De Justo

Related Posts

Some Thoughts Toward Reading Plato's Dialogues
The Golden Villain of Athens
Sydenham's Scheme for the Platonic Dialogues
Hermocrates: A Non-Reading

Still to do

Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Cratylus, Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman, Parmenides, Philebus, Symposium, Alcibiades Minor, Laches, Euthydemus, Protagoras, Hippias Major, Menexenus, Clitophon, Republic, Minos, Laws, Epinomis, Epistles, Epigrams, De Virtute

Xenophon: Memorabilia, Apology, Symposium, Oeconomicus, Hiero, Cynegeticus (probably), Anabasis (probably), Cyropaedia (possibly), Agesilaus (possibly), Constitution of Sparta (possibly), Hellenica (possibly, but probably only if I can do Thucydides' History as well), Hipparchikos (only if time allows), Hippike (only if time allows), Poroi (only if time allows)

Aristophanes: The Clouds

Plutarch: Socrates' Daimonion, Life of Socrates (possibly)

Apuleius: The God of Socrates (possibly)

Libanius: Defense of Socrates (probably)

And, of course, I want to do the Confucian Classics, although that may well be a project for the Fall.


  1. Robert Lennon2:22 AM

    I'm excited to hear what you think about Xenophon -- I like him a lot, he's a very practical man!

  2. Greta7:37 AM

    Do you know yet the order for the rest of the week: will it be Euthydemus then Meno? I am now caught up but had nothing intelligent to add at this time to commentary on Critias. I hope it is all right to ask, after all, blogging is not a job (even if it is work!)

  3. branemrys7:52 AM

    Not a problem at all. I already have Euthydemus partly done, so I'm pretty sure it will be first Euthydemus, then Meno.

  4. branemrys7:54 AM

    I like him quite a bit, too. He's excellent -- but he doesn't ever get a fair shake because he always gets compared to Plato on the points on which Plato is heads above everyone else.

  5. Greta9:50 AM

    Thank you, looking forward to continuing to read along!


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