[FREE] The Laws (Penguin Classics)


Plato, Trevor J. Saunders, Richard Stalley


In the Laws, Plato describes in fascinating detail a comprehensive system of legislation in a small agricultural utopia he named Magnesia. His laws not only govern crime and punishment, but also form a code of conduct for all aspects of life in his ideal state – from education, sport and religion to sexual behaviour, marriage and drinking parties. Plato sets out a plan for the day-to-day rule of Magnesia, administered by citizens and elected officials, with supreme power held by a Council. Although Plato’s views that citizens should act in complete obedience to the law have been read as totalitarian, the Laws nonetheless constitutes a highly impressive programme for the reform of society and provides a crucial insight into the mind of one of Classical Greece’s foremost thinkers.

Book Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140449841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449846


Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply