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The Laws
by Plato

ISBN: 9780140449846
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 592
PUBLICATION DATE: 27.01.2005
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX25mm 404grams

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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.

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