This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson.
The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.
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Raymond Larson is the translator!
I have both the Larson and Bloom, so I was able to compare. It's definitely the Larson, which is probably a wise choice to read aloud--Bloom is very good, but doesn't flow that well. Please someone make a recording of the new Joe Sachs translation of the Republic!
The narrator is not really going for the sparkle and humor of the original (and this translation in particular), and has Glaucon and Adeimantus sound like little boys, but these things are hard to get right.
All this being said, this is the best recording currently available for a serious student of Plato, who wants to get the sound and pace of how it must have been to hear it read aloud--as it no doubt was.
My first time I ever finished it
- Gary "l'enfer c'est les autres"