Full Title   The Republic

Author  Plato

Philosophical Movement  Plato was his own philosophical movement, known as “Platonism.”

Language  Ancient Greek

Time and Place Written  Plato wrote The Republic in Athens around 380 B.C.

Speaker  As in nearly all of Plato’s works, Socrates acts as Plato’s mouthpiece.

Areas of Philosophy Covered  Though The Republic is primarily concerned with defining and defending justice, it is in no way limited to ethics and political philosophy. It also presents bold and fascinating theories in the fields of epistemology and metaphysics.

Philosophical Movements Opposed  Plato’s main opposition in The Republic is the Sophists.

Other Works by Plato on Similar Topics  For more on Plato’s political theory see the Laws. For more on his theory of Forms see the Meno, the Phaedo, and the Symposium.