Politeia, or Republic, is Plato's best-known and most influential dialogue. In fact, Republic is considered by many scholars to be the foundational text of the Western philosophical tradition. This enormous dialogue was probably completed in Plato's mature middle-period. Ancient copies of Republic filled ten papyrus scrolls, and even today – after twenty-three centuries – most editions of the dialogue retain this division into ten books. The whole work is comprised of a number of shorter conversations between Socrates and various interlocutors. These discourses – all related to the primary inquiry into the nature of justice or righteousness – investigate the social dimension of human …
Wood, Kelsey. "Politeia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 September 2007; last revised 30 November -1.
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