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Classical Thoughts for Modern Minds

If you are looking for our books on cycling, just go here.

Welcome to our other passion, the great books. We're publishing Kindle eBooks and audiobooks of the world's most important books. Each comes with an original explanatory introduction. We're starting with Greek and Roman classics.

Please join us as we spend time with the greatest thinkers and writers of all time.

Plato: Apology | Crito | Phaedo

What's the Big Idea? Plato's Apology

Plato's ApologyKindle ebook: $1.99
Audiobook: $3.95

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What’s the big idea? To Socrates, living according to his values was more important than life itself.

Plato’s Apology is in three parts: Socrates’ personal defense in his trial for impiety and corrupting the young, his plea before being sentenced, and his address to the jurors after he was condemned to death.

This book includes an introduction, telling who Socrates was and how he came to be on trial for his life before his fellow Athenians. 

What's the Big Idea? Plato's Crito

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What's the big idea? To Socrates, an act of injustice cannot be answered with another unjust act.

Plato's Crito is a dialogue between an imprisoned Socrates and Crito, a wealthy Athenian who has formulated and financed a plan for Socrates to escape and live in exile. 

Socrates had been put on trial and was convicted of impiety and corrupting youth, resulting in a sentence of death. That famous trial was the subject of Plato's Apology, which is also available as a What's the Big Idea Kindle and audiobook. In this dialogue Crito visits Socrates in prison and explains why Socrates must escape with him to freedom. Socrates answers each of Crito's arguments, telling him why he has to remain in prison and await his fate.

What's the big Idea? Plato's Phaedo

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What's the Big Idea? Socrates argues that there are reasons to believe the soul is immortal and will live on after the body’s death.

This dialogue tells us how Socrates spent the last day of his life with several friends, and how he met his end. Though soon to take a fatal drink of poison, Socrates insisted on discussing the soul and tried to prove its immortality.

This dialogue may well be one of the most beautiful and profound works in the western canon.