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Laws

Plato (424-348 BC)

1. 01 - Book I (Part I)
2. 02 - Book I (Part II)
3. 03 - Book II
4. 04 - Book III (Part I)
5. 05 - Book III (Part II)
6. 06 - Book IV
7. 07 - Book V
8. 08 - Book VI (Part I)
9. 09 - Book VI (Part II)
10. 10 - Book VII (Part I)
11. 11 - Book VII (Part II)
12. 12 - Book VIII
13. 13 - Book IX (Part I)
14. 14 - Book IX (Part II)
15. 15 - Book X (Part I)
16. 16 - Book X (Part II)
17. 17 - Book XI (Part I)
18. 18 - Book XI (Part II)
19. 19 - Book XII (Part I)
20. 20 - Book XII (Part II)

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Summary

Νόμοι (Laws) is Plato's final dialogue written after his attempt to advise the tyrant Dionysius II of Syracuse. The dialogue takes place between: an Athenian Stranger (Socrates? A god in human form?); the quiet Lacedaemonian Megillus; and the Cretan Cleinias. The Stranger asks whether humans live to be more effective at waging war or if there is something more important a legislator should seek to achieve. During their pilgrimage Cleinias discloses his role in the establishment of a new colony and the three discuss what would make the colony perfect including: location; a fixed population size; entitlement to land; the four economic classes; the restriction of retailers; a static system of music; the fair treatment of foreigners; defined punishments; and proper religious observance.