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The Laws (Penguin Classics)

The Laws (Penguin Classics)
Author: Plato
ISBN 13: 9780140449846
ISBN 10: 140449841
Edition: Reprint edition
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005-06-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
List Price: $17.00

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, sports, and religion to sexual behavior, 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 program for the reform of society and provides a crucial insight into the mind of one of classical Greece's foremost thinkers.