Plato: Laws 1 and 2. Translated with an Introduction and Commentary. Clarendon Plato Series. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. xiv + 361 pp. $74.00. isbn 9780199604081 (hbk).In the Preface to this book Susan Sauvé Meyer sets a pretty high bar for it, by declaring her intention to offer to the English-speaking reader the equivalent (for books One and Two of the Laws) of the important works of Schöpsdau in German, Lisi in Spanish and Brisson/Pradeau in French. Without any question, the present volume comfortably clears this bar.The book opens with an Introduction which succinctly provides the reader with the information necessary in order to follow the argument of the first two books of Plato’s longest dialogue. A carefully composed Outline that serves as a guide to the text comes next, followed by the two items that make up the main dish: the Translation and the Commentary to the text.The Introduction clearly achieves its goal of contextualizing and placing into perspective the work that follows, and it succeeds all the better because it is brief. It appropriately addresses the range of the Greek term nomos, which is commonly translated as ‘law’ in English, but which is substantially
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