Alcibiades I


Read by Kevin Johnson

(4.6 stars; 19 reviews)

As Jowett relates in his brilliant introduction, 95% of Plato's writing is certain and his reputation rests soundly on this foundation. The Alcibiades 1 appears to be a short work by Plato with only two characters: Socrates and Alcibiades. This dialogue has little dramatic verisimilitude but centres on the question of what knowledge one needs for political life. Like the early dialogues, the question is on whether the virtues needed by a statesman can be taught, on the importance of self-knowledge as a starting point for any leader. While this may be only partially the work of Plato, or even not his at all, Jowett favoured the work with his magisterial translation and appears to favour its inclusion in the canon of true works. (Summary by Kevin Johnson) (2 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Part I 27:48 Read by Kevin Johnson
Part II 37:50 Read by Kevin Johnson
Part III 43:11 Read by Kevin Johnson
Part IV 26:55 Read by Kevin Johnson

Reviews

Believe the hype

(5 stars)

Iamblichus rightly put this dialogue at the start of his Platonic curriculum. A must listen.