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Timaeus and Critias : World's Classics - Plato .

Timaeus and Critias

World's Classics

By: Plato ., Robin Waterfield (Translator), Andrew Gregory (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: December 2008
ISBN: 9780192807359
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 17+ years old

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'The god wanted everything to be good, marred by as little imperfection as possible.'
Timaeus, one of Plato's acknowledged masterpieces, is an attempt to construct the universe and explain its contents by means of as few axioms as possible. The result is a brilliant, bizarre, and surreal cosmos - the product of the rational thinking of a creator god and his astral assistants, and of purely mechanistic causes based on the behaviour of the four elements. At times dazzlingly clear, at times intriguingly opaque, this was state-of-the-art science in the middle of the fourth century BC. The world is presented as a battlefield of forces that are unified only by the will of God, who had to do the best he could with recalcitrant building materials.
The unfinished companion piece, Critias, is the foundational text for the story of Atlantis. It tells how a model society became corrupt, and how a lost race of Athenians defeated the aggression of the invading Atlanteans. This new edition combines the clearest translation yet of these crucial ancient texts with an illuminating introduction and diagrams.

Note on the Texts
Summary of Timaeus
Timaeusp. 1
Critiasp. 101
Explanatory Notesp. 122
Textual Notesp. 162
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780192807359
ISBN-10: 0192807358
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 17+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: December 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18

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