ISBN10: 0140440941 ISBN13: 9780140440942 Contributors: Plato.; Hamilton, Walter Publisher: Penguin USA Published: Jun 1 1971 Pages: 154 Weight: 0.25lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.25" Language: English
Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens - a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.