Plato: Phaedo
Plato: Charmides

Plato: Phaedrus

The Phaedrus (Greek Φαῖδρος) is a dialogue by Plato which includes discussions of the nature of love and of the art of rhetoric. The treatment of the latter subject includes one of Plato's most significant discussions of the uses and limitations of writing as a form of communication. Together with the examination of poetry in the Ion, this is of special interest for media studies and the understanding of the transition from an oral to a literate culture in classical Greece.

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Free Online Texts

Gutenberg: Phaedrus by Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, multiple formats.

Liberty Fund: Plato, The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 1, translated into English with Analyses and Introductions (Charmides, Lysis, Laches, Protagoras, Euthydemus, Cratylus, Phaedrus, Ion, Symposium), by B. Jowett, M.A. in Five Volumes. 3rd edition revised and corrected (Oxford University Press, 1892). Multiple formats

Loebulus. L036 - Plato -- Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.

Perseus: Greek text, edited by John Burnet (1903). English text, translated by Harold Fowler (1925). HTML and XML formats.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Phaedrus, translated by Benjamin Jowett. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.

Wikisource: Phaedrus, translated by Benjamin Jowett. Multiple formats.

Other Resources

Approaching Plato: A Guide to the Early and Middle Dialogues

Dale E. Burrington: Guides to the Socratic Dialogues.

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Wings of Desire: Plato's Erotic Dialogues - podcast by philosopher Peter Adamson.

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love - podcast by philosopher Peter Adamson.

Librivox: Phaedrus - public domain audiobook.

Los Angeles Review of Books Blog: That Bit of Philosophy in All of Us, Talking to Tushar Irani, By Andy Fitch, 28 December 2018.

PhilPapers: Plato - Phaedrus - open access papers.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Plato on Friendship and Eros, by C.D.C. Reeve.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry, by Charles L. Griswold.

Wikipedia: Phaedrus (dialogue) .

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Plato: LysisSymposium - Plato's other major erotic dialogues.

Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: Plato's Dialogues are listed.


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