Critias


Read by Kevin Johnson

(4.4 stars; 35 reviews)

This is an incomplete dialogue from the late period of Plato's life. Plato most likely created it after Republic and it contains the famous story of Atlantis, that Plato tells with such skill that many have believed the story to be true. Critias, a friend of Socrates, and uncle of Plato was infamous as one of the bloody thirty tyrants. (Summary by Kevin Johnson) (1 hr 6 min)

Chapters

Section I 20:48 Read by Kevin Johnson
Section II 45:44 Read by Kevin Johnson

Reviews

A tale of two cities

(4.5 stars)

This unfinished dialogue narrates the rivalry between Ancient Athens and Atlantis: the former Plato's ideal city; the latter a pseudo-historical region that, once corrupted by its people's flawed behaviour, was punished by Zeus. Because it is incomplete, it is very short, but one can grasp the general moral idea Plato is trying to defend, one of virtue and divinity; Atlantis being its counterexample. Also, the reader does a very nice job.

great reading

(5 stars)

I wish the other Dialogues were as well read