The Republic

Version: Abridged
Author: Plato
Narrator: Bruce Alexander
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: May 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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One of the key works of world philosophy, Plato's The Republic sets out to consider the principles behind an ideal city state. This is the first audio recording of Plato's great classic in a new translation by the Greek scholar Tom Griffith. No sooner than Bruce Alexander had left the studio having recorded Thomas Hardy, he was back at his Oxfordshire home studying hard for the next Naxos AudioBooks project Plato's The Republic. 'There couldn't have been a greater contrast – the deeply emotional Hardy, and the rationalist character of Socrates,' admitted Bruce Alexander. And both are about as far away possible from the character for which he is probably best known, Superintendent Mullett in the British TV series A Touch of Frost. 'That is what being an actor is all about,' declared Alexander. 'The worst thing for us is when are typecast, which can happen so easily.' Fortunately, this happens less the Audiobook/radio medium than on or film where visual concerns can be paramount.' This recording of The Republic uses the new translation by Tom Griffith, who prepared it for Cambridge University Press. It will be released by CUP in the near future, but is 'previewed' by this abridgment made by the translator himself. 'I started translating because I found that when I was teaching, and read from existing translations, I could see the interest fade from my pupils' eyes, explained Griffith. 'But I know this can capture the imagination and thoughts of young people, and so I started translating passages in language which was as contemporary as the original would have been in the fifth century B. C.' The Republic is one of a number of translations he has now included – among others is Symposium.

Reviews (8)

sacred works

Written by john from Hampton, GA on October 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This ancient classic, whose messages are so often cited, and whose timeless phrases have entered into our English lexicon, is amazingly current. So many modern profound philosophical insights and conundrums are thus shown to be timeless, even when the utopia's "resolutions" appear simplistic, even immoral.

Not for Me

Written by Anonymous from Magnolia, TX on April 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't really get into this one. Not to say its not good. Just not for me.

Fantastic presentation

Written by Anonymous from Maryville, TN on November 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Yet another example of actors bringing the question-answer method of Plato's teaching to life for the average listener. Much more engaging and easier to digest as an audio program than in text form.


Written by Philly from NO on November 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Very Good and entertaining,It kept my interest throughout.


Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on October 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Better have your intelectual chin strap on. This book is not one you can listen to and do anything else. It requires major concentration, at least it did for me. I got lost in who was saying what a little, that didn't help, but it is DEEP! I know this is a classic, and understand how it would be, but this is more test book than commute reading!

Timeless Classic

Written by Anonymous from Clarksville, TN on June 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Timeless ideas that are as reveleant today as they were in ancient times. I should have read this book many years ago in school when the teachers recommended it.


Written by Anonymous from Henderson, NV on February 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought that this was a very good piece. There is a part where he talks of a democracy turning into a tyrany sounding very much like modern day America.

Well Read

Written by Michael Hamrah from New York, NY on February 17th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A good listen. Sometimes it can get a little obnoxious, and it's easy to lose focus with the content, but in the end worth it. If you just want an overview of the Republic, buy the book and skim it over a weekend. It's not that thick of a read.

Author Details

Author Details

, Plato

Catalin Partenie is co-editor of Plato's Complete Works in Romanian (2001-2005).