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Part of the series on:
The Dialogues of Plato
Early dialogues:
ApologyCharmidesCrito
EuthyphroFirst Alcibiades
Hippias MajorHippias Minor
IonLachesLysis
Transitional & middle dialogues:
CratylusEuthydemusGorgias
MenexenusMenoPhaedo
ProtagorasSymposium
Later middle dialogues:
The RepublicPhaedrus
ParmenidesTheaetetus
Late dialogues:
TimaeusCritias
The SophistThe Statesman
PhilebusLaws
Of doubtful authenticity:
ClitophonEpinomis
EpistlesHipparchus
MinosRival Lovers
Second AlcibiadesTheages

Minos is one of the dialogues of Plato, featuring Socrates and a Companion. Its authenticity is doubted by W. R. M. Lamb because of its unsatisfying character, though he does consider it a "fairly able and plausible imitation of Plato's early work."[1] Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns do not even include it among Plato's spurious works in their Collected Dialogues. Leo Strauss on the other hand considered the dialogue to be authentic enough to write a commentary on it.[2]

The dialogue begins with Socrates asking his nameless companion, "What is the law for us?" It then proceeds to examine the nature of law before praising Minos, the mythical king of Crete and an ancient enemy of Athens.


Notes

  1. ^ Lamb, Introduction to Minos, 386
  2. ^ Strauss, On the Minos.

References

  • Hamilton, Edith and Cairns, Huntington, ed. (1961). The Collected Dialogues of Plato. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Lamb, W. R. M. (1927). Introduction to the Minos. In Plato, Charmides, Alcibiades, Hipparchus, The Lovers, Theages, Minos, Epinomis. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Strauss, Leo. (1968). On the Minos. In Liberalism Ancient and Modern. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Pp. 65–75.











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