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The Republic and Laws by Plato


First Edition in Italian. “Disciplina Civile Di Platone Divisa in Qvartro Parti, et Riformata da Troilo Lancetta Benacense. La I. Contiene la Republica giusta. La II. Quattro Republiche deprauate. La III. Le leggi. La IV. Le sentenze criminali, e ciuili” contains Athenian philosopher Plato’s “Republic” and “Laws.” It was translated by Troilo Lancetta and published in 1643 in Venice. Within the volume, Plato’s notorious “Republic” can be found, written in approximately 380 BCE in Greek; it is a Socratic dialogue discussing justice and the qualities of a just man. In addition, the work discusses city-states, particularly in relation to order and character.

Three key topics are identified in “Republic”: the definition of justice, theory of universals, and five forms of government and their nature (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny). The dialogue ultimately argues and mounts a defense of a just life and its connection to happiness.  Also included in this volume is “Laws,” written in twelve books. It is Plato’s longest dialogue and is believed to be his last composition. The work is a conversation between three men who discuss what law is and combines political philosophy with applied legislation. The volume examines laws and procedures in detail to govern a state as well as laws in relation to philosophy, religion, politics  and other topics. Of the two, “Republic” is the most famous. It is an extensive work that cultivates and defines the ideas of justice and what it means to be a just man; there is little wonder it has been proven to be one of the world’s most influential works in the genres of philosophy and political theory.

TITLE: The Republic and Laws by Plato

Published: 1643

Catalogue: #1500