The Platonic Players

Welcome to our little experiment.  We are a group of teachers and students who are interested in taking seriously the dramatic aspects of Plato's dialogues, by performing them -- in the original Greek.  We can't hope to imitate how the dialogues sounded when read aloud in Plato's own Academy; Attic Greek is, after all, a dead language.  We do hope to give it some new life, however, and to use whatever scholarship helps us do so more accurately.  Not only is this a fun way for us and our listeners to practice our Greek, it's also a chance to understand the dialogues that much better.

We are grateful for suggestions on how to improve our readings; please email us at

Thanks to Eric Hamberger and David Gregorio of Villanova's Multimedia Production for helping us produce a quality recording.

                           Peter Busch ~ Hannah Hintze ~ Alan Pichanick

Spring 2011:  Plato's republic, book i                           

Our first project is to perform Book I of the Republic.  The actual dialogue is narrated by only one person:  Socrates.  We have decided, however, to have each character in the story be played by separate actors. 


The beginning of the dialogue involves several characters:  Socrates, Glaucon, a slave, Polemarchus, Adeimantus, and eventually Cephalus.  Later we'll have Thrasymachus and Cleitophon. 

So far, it's only the three of us -- Peter, Hannah, and Alan -- so we are doubling up on parts.  In this recording, Peter is playing Socrates; Hannah, the slave and Adeimantus; and Alan, Glaucon and Polemarchus.  We're doing the first couple of Stephanus pages (327-8) just to hear how it sounds. 

Draft of Republic 327-328


How should Cephalus sound?  Peter experiments with the speech in which Cephalus explains why it's really not bad to be old, provided one has good character.

PB's draft of Cephalus (329a-d)


Here's a new recording of Cephalus' speech... The recording of 3/2 was done with a cheap microphone and Peter's laptop; this one is much better as it was done with Dave and Eric.  While I like the exchange between Sophocles and his wink-wink-nudge-nudge questioner, it may be too over-the-top given that it's Cephalus telling the story.


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