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The Republic

Plato

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The Republic is one of the most important works about philosophy and politics in history, written by Plato, one of Socrates's students in ancient Greece, as a dialogue about justice and political systems.

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The Republic

The Republic

by Plato

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You can think of Plato's most notable work, The Republic, as a documentation of a dialogue between Socrates, Plato's mentor, and his students. However, since it's one of Plato's "middle" dialogues from later in his life, chances are Socrates serves more as a mouthpiece for Plato's own views here, rather than being the true original source of the ideas in this book about justice.

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The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

- Plato

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