Plato’s Timaeus

Plato’s Timaeus

Peter Kalkavage
Role: Translator
Peter Kalkavage has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, since 1977. He is director of the St. John’s Chorus. Dr. Kalkavage is the author of The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, and has produced editions of Plato’s Timaeus, Phaedo, Statesman, and Symposium for Focus Philosophical Library. He is also author of two texts that have been used in the St. John’s music program, On the Measurement of Tones and Elements: A Workbook for Freshman Music.

Both an ideal entrée for beginning readers and a solid text for scholars, the second edition of Peter Kalkavage’s acclaimed translation of Plato’s Timaeus brings enhanced accessibility to a rendering well known for its faithfulness to the original text. An extensive essay offers insights into the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue, and the cultural background of the Timaeus.