Irene Noel-Baker's Plato translations

The Aldeburgh Bookshop in association with The Euboea Press has published four volumes of Irene Noel-Baker's new translations of the dialogues of Plato and Phaedrus: 

Book Ten: The One and the Many (2004), 64 pages, ISBN 0953100421.

Book Nine: The Three Parts of the Soul (2005), 68 pages, ISBN 095310043X.

From Plato's Phaedrus: On Love and Knowledge (2008), 58 pages, ISBN 978 0 9531004 4 6.

From Book Seven: Plato's Cave (2009), 36 pages, ISBN 978 0 9531004 5 3.

These elegant and attractively-designed slim octavo books are pocket-sized in cream card wrappers, with dust wrapper and printed paper label. 

Each £8.95.  Click here to purchase.  Special price for all 4: £26.00 reduced from £36.00

About the translations

This series of new translations from Plato's Politeia--known in English, perhaps misleadingly, as 'The Republic'--and Phaedrus, attempts to bring us citizens of the twenty-first century face to face with Plato, allowing us to judge for ourselves how relevant the father of Greek philosophy is to contemporary life and ways of thinking.  Each small volume deals with a particular aspect of Plato's thought and a concise and thought-provoking introduction leads the way to a stimulating and immediately accessible reading of his text.

The translations aim to bring the reader as close as possible to the joys of the original dialogues, which are acknowledged to be full of humour, poetry, ambiguity, playfulness and characterised by a lightness of touch which incites readers to thought and to reach their own conclusions on topics, which, for the most part, we choose not to address.


IRENE NOEL-BAKER is a psychologist, a translator, and a poet. She grew up in Greece, and speaks modern Greek, although she was educated for the most part in Britain. Her mother was Swedish.

After studying Ancient Greek and English Literature at Edinburgh University, she worked for a while in publishing, and then trained and worked as a clinical psychologist in Britain before turning her hand to translating. Her recent translations from Greek include psychoanalytic works, history, architecture, short stories, and novels.


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