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Subject: On Teaching Ancient Literature: Plato's Republic
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2008
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Here is the straightforward Question for anyone who comes here with understanding:

Q:  Has anyone written a Modern version OF Plato's Republic? 

To anyone who reads this, background:

I graduated from a very small private highschool, and went off to a small liberal arts college.

I left there with a degree in Classics (Latin and Greek, mostly language, some culture)

Now I teach in a small private school trying desperately to use anything I ever learned to cover all the teaching asked of me: Latin, Lit/ Hist from Gilgamesh-Decline of Rome, Rhetoric, etc)

Immediate situation: I am trying to teach Plato's Republic. I don't know if this will interest anyone on this forum, but I am facing a difficulty. Plato's Republic was not written for 20th century American teenagers. They're not stupid, though they do have a lazy streak and I want to communicate to them Plato's absolute confidence that moral relativism is bunk, that right and wrong are very real things. I know 2 ways to do it, but I am not a master of philosophy to become Socrates to them myself, so I am left with trying to write for them or get them to write for eachother an updated version of the Republic.

Therefore the Question above has anyone reinvented the wheel for me by writing a modern version of Plato's Republic?

I am familiar with and have available to me the modern Socratic dialogues by Peter Kreeft: the Unaborted Socrates and the Best Things in Life. What I am hoping for is that someone has taken the Republic itself and written a modern version, like the Gary and Phil version of the Iliad which I have hear rumored but never seen. Amazon is proving unhelpfu. Can anyone show me a glimmer of The Good here?