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Plato's Atlantis StoryText, Translation and Commentary$
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Christopher Gill

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940162

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940162.001.0001

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(p.69) Critias
Plato's Atlantis Story

Christopher Gill

Liverpool University Press

This provides the Greek text of the two dialogues in which the Atlantis story is presented, which is introduced in the Timaeus (17a-27b), and then recounted in the Critias, which breaks off unexpectedly after 15 Stephanus pages. The text is the Oxford Classical text of John Burnet (1902). The Commentary is interleaved with the Greek text in relatively short (‘bite-size’) sections. This is designed to enable ease of reference to the section of the commentary on the Greek text being read at any one time. The commentary provides concise discussion of the literary form of the work, the presentation of the story, and its philosophical significance, referring also to the numbered paragraphs of the Introduction. There are also short summaries of the main features of each section of the story. The notes also provide guidance on the grammar and translation of the Greek texts, referring to widely used Greek textbooks. The illustrative translations are based on the translation also provided in the book and are consistent with the vocabulary offered elsewhere. These features are designed to make the book more useful to students learning Greek and also to scholars wanting to make a careful study of Plato’s texts on the Atlantis story.

Keywords:   text, commentary, grammar, meaning, exegesis

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