Timaeus and Critias

Timaeus and Critias

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Plato, Translated by Desmond Lee, Revised by Thomas Kjeller Johansen

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 16mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140455043
  • ISBN 13: 9780140455045
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: Revised
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 86,679

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"Timaeus and Critias" is a Socratic dialogue in two parts. A response to an account of an ideal state told by Socrates, it begins with Timaeus' theoretical exposition of the cosmos and his story describing the creation of the universe, from its very beginning to the coming of man. Timaeus introduces the idea of a creator God and speculates on the structure and composition of the physical world. Critias, the second part of Plato's dialogue, comprises an account of the rise and fall of Atlantis, an ancient, mighty and prosperous empire ruled by the descendants of Poseidon, which ultimately sank into the sea.

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Plato (c. 427-347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues. Thomas Kjeller Johansen studied philosophy and classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is now University Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. His publications include Plato's Natural Philosophy. A Study of the Timaeus-Critias (Cambridge 2004).