Thessaly: Plato and Other Links was one moment when I wanted to look up something and I realised there was Plato on absolutely every flat surface in my study — and that’s not taking into account anything on my e-reader, which has all of Plato and Xenophon conveniently in the original and in translation. What a wonderful modern age we live in!




I thoroughly recommend the new (2013) Loeb translation of The Republic, which is lucid and excellent and well worth the price. Otherwise, the Everyman (A.D. Lindsay) translation is way better than the Penguin. The Jowett (linked above) has the great advantage of being free online, and generally the online free translations of Plato are pretty good, and the only reasonable way to get the obscure ones. Apart from the Republic, the Penguin translations are good.


I have a complete Xenophon on my Kindle, and one day I’ll read more than the Socratic ones and the Anabasis. The difference between Plato’s Socrates and Xenophon’s is very instuctive.

Other Classical Sources

Renaissance Sources

  • Marsilio Ficino: Commentary on Plato’s Symposium on Love
  • Marsilio Ficino: When Philosophers Rule — commentary on the Republic and the Laws
  • Meditations on the Soul: Letters of Marsilio Ficino
  • Syncretism in the West: Pico’s 900 Theses
  • Giovanni Pico della Mirandola Oration on the Dignity of Man

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