Great Dialogues Character Descriptions

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Socratesappears in Ion, Meno, Symposium, The Republic, The Apology, Crito, Phae

This person was a philosopher persecuted for corrupting the Athens' youth and dishonoring the gods.

Cephalusappears in The Republic

This person speaks about the benefits and hardships of old age. He ultimately suggests that old age is a blessing, since it frees a man from the uncontrollable passions of his youth

Polemarchusappears in The Republic

This person suggests that justice is doing good to one's friend and evil to one's enemy, a definition which Plato quickly tears apart based on its passivity.

Thrasymachusappears in The Republic

This character is particularly averse to the Socratic method and identified as a Sophist. He thinks that justice is just a tool used by people, not an inherent virtue.

Adeimantus and Glauconappears in The Republic

These characters are brothers who serve as interlocutors during The Republic.

Menoappears in Meno

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