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Both an ideal entrée for beginning readers and a solid text for scholars, the second edition of Peter Kalkavage’s acclaimed translation of Plato’s Timaeus brings enhanced accessibility to a rendering well known for its faithfulness to the original text.
An extensive essay offers insights into the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue, and the cultural background of the Timaeus. Appendices on music, astronomy, and geometry provide additional guidance. A brief outline of the themes of the work, a detailed glossary, and a selected bibliography are also included.
"Kalkavage’s translation and commentary provide invaluable assistance to students of Plato’s Timaeus. The translation is accurate, but readable. And Kalkavage packs a great deal of relevant historical, musical, and mathematical information into his notes."
—Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Comments on the first edition:
"Kalkavage's translation is a brilliant accomplishment. He makes Plato's most intricate and important dialogues accessible to new readers."
—Dr. Alejandro A. Vallega, California State University, Stanislaus
About the Author:
Peter Kalkavage is a Tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.