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Waterfield, Robin 1952-

Works: 142 works in 870 publications in 8 languages and 30,336 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Juvenile works  Military history  Science fiction  Legal stories  Sea stories  Trials, litigation, etc  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Translator, Adapter, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Arranger, Narrator, Contributor
Classifications: PS3557.R5355, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robin Waterfield
Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths by Robin Waterfield( Book )

23 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robin Waterfield presents Socrates as a deeply moral thinker whose convictions stood in stark relief to those of his former disciple, Alcibiades, the hawkish and self-serving military leader. Refusing to surrender his beliefs even in the face of death, Socrates was determined to save his native Athens even as the city-state was tearing itself apart and falling into moral decline
The republic by Plato( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The central work of one of the West's greatest philosophers, The Republic of Plato is a masterpiece of insight and feeling, the finest of the Socratic dialogues, and one of the great books of Western culture. This new translation captures the dramatic realism, poetic beauty, intellectual vitality, and emotional power of Plato at the height of his powers. Deftly weaving three main strands of argument into an artistic whole--the ethical and political, the aesthetic and mystical, and the metaphysical--Plato explores in The Republic the elements of the ideal community, where morality can be achieved in a balance of wisdom, courage, and restraint
Athens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern city by Robin Waterfield( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with the classical period, when it reached its pinnacle of power and cultural genius, Athens: A History is peopled with fascinating individuals. Athens' remarkable ascent had been inspired by the ideals embodied in the ancient Olympic games, but the city deliberately turned its back on those ideals, in Athens' stunning rise and rapid fall lies a timeless tragedy of excessive pride brought low. Contrasting its noble ideals and arrogant actions, Waterfield finds in Athens' story a moral for all time - and vital lessons for the current era." "From its heyday in the fifth century B.C., Athens: A History traces the city's transformations under the yoke of foreign empires - Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman - and its revival as the capital of the newly independent nation of Greece. Today, it is a burgeoning European city, host of the 2004 Olympics and heir to a momentous historical and cultural legacy. From Pericles and Socrates to Lord Byron and Baron de Coubertin - founder of the modern Olympic games - this is a powerful, evocative history of a city whose glorious past continues to inspire the present."--Jacket
The history of Herodotus by Herodotus( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the causes and history of the wars between the Greek city-states and Persia
Dividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empire by Robin Waterfield( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dividing the spoils" revives the memory of Alexander's Successors, whose fame has been dimmed only because they stand in his enormous shadow. In fact, Alexander left things in a mess at the time of his death, with no guaranteed succession, no administration in place suitable for such an enormous realm, and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his 'empire'. The Successors consolidated the Conqueror's gains. Their competing ambitions, however, meant that consolidation inevitably led to the break-up of the empire
Prophet : the life and times of Kahlil Gibran by Robin Waterfield( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of Kahlil Gibran from his youth in Lebanon and America to his artistic and literary endeavors, the tragedies and conflicts of his life, and his lasting impast on New Age philosophy
Xenophon's retreat : Greece, Persia, and the end of the Golden Age by Robin Waterfield( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Expedition of Cyrus or Anabasis, the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign, Xenophon told how, in 401 BC, a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger in his attempt to wrest the throne of the mighty Persian empire from his brother."
The firm by John Grisham( Book )

42 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mitch McDeere is young, intelligent and ambitious. When he gets a job with the law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke it seems to be the path to money and power. But soon Mitch finds that the firm is listening to all his phone calls, and the FBI want to speak to him. Money and power has a price and it could be Mitch's life
The first philosophers : the presocratics and sophists( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible. But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto-scientific task. Through, for instance, Heraclitus' enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno's paradoxes, the Western world was introduced to metaphysics, rationalist theology, ethics, and logic, by thinkers who often seem to be mystics or shamans as much as philosophers or scientists in the modern mould. And out of the Sophists' reflections on human beings and their place in the world arose an interest in language, and in political, moral, and social philosophy." "This volume contains translations of all the most important fragments of the Presocratics and Sophists, and of the most informative testimonia from ancient sources, supplemented by lucid commentary."--BOOK JACKET
Twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules Verne( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1994 in English and Chinese and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Aronnax, with Conseil and Ned Land, a Canadian harpooner, sets out in search of a dangerous sea monster, only to learn that the monster is really Captain Nemo's powerful submarine
The pelican brief by John Grisham( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and German and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Washington, two Supreme Court judges are murdered and only the young and beautiful law student Darby Shaw knows why. She has uncovered a deadly secret but will anyone believe her? Can she stay alive long enough to persuade them she right?
Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xenophon is less speculative than Plato and applies Socratic principles more to everyday life: by reading his book, we not only learn about Socrates and his philosophy but also gain fascinating insights into the daily life of ancient Greece and into the religious, political and moral views of a certain type of Athenian
Before "Eureka" : the Presocratics and their science by Robin Waterfield( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The histories by Polybius( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No one else in our times has attempted to write a universal history'Polybius' ambitious goal was to describe how Rome conquered the Mediterranean world in less than fifty-three years. This great study of imperialism takes the reader back to Rome's first encounter with Carthage in 264 and forward to her destruction of that renowned city in 146. Polybius, himself a leading Greek politician of the time, emphasizes the importance of practical experience for the writing of political history as well as the critical assessment of all the evidence. He attributes Rome'ssuccess to the greatness of its c
Greek lives : a selection of nine Greek lives by Plutarch( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plutarch's biographies of eminent Greeks and Romans are renowned not just for their historical importance but also for their insights into the personalities they describe. In prose that is rich, elegant, and sprinkled with learned references, Plutarch explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is implicitly to warn and educate those in his own day who wielded power. Plutarch brought to biography not only a clear moral objective, but also a natural storyteller's ear for a good anecdote. Influential in their own day, the Lives were drawn on by later historians and writers, including Shakespeare." "This selection of nine Lives, chosen for their range and interest, offers a new translation as well as a lucid introduction and helpful notes and indexes."--Jacket
Roman lives : a selection of eight Roman lives by Plutarch( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the eight lives of this collection Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures of classical Rome. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is also implicitly to educate and warn those in his own day who wielded power. In prose that is rich, elegant, and sprinkled with learned references, he explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. While drawing chiefly on historical sources, he brings to biography a natural storyteller's ear for a good anecdote."--Jacket
Phaedrus by Plato( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
The expedition of Cyrus by Xenophon( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Expedition of Cyrus tells the story of the march of the Ten Thousand. The exploits of this famous army of Greek mercenaries in modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq were described by one of their leaders, the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon. They were recruited at the end of the fifth century BC by a young Persian prince, Cyrus, who rose in revolt against his brother, the king of Persia. After Cyrus' death, the army was left stranded in the desert of Mesopotamia, a thousand miles from home. Their long march, across mountains and plateaux to the sight of 'The sea! The sea!', and back to the fringes of the Greek world, is the most exciting adventure story to survive from the ancient world." "Xenophon's narrative offers a unique insight into the character of a Greek army struggling to survive in an alien world. It is also the most sustained eyewitness account of the landscape of the vast and wealthy Persian empire."--Jacket
Meno and other dialogues by Plato( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these four dialogues Plato considers virtue and its definition. Charmides, Laches, and Lysis investigate the specific virtues of self-control, courage, and friendship; the later Meno discusses the concept of virtue as a whole, and whether it is something that can be taught. In the conversations between Socrates and his interlocutors, moral concepts are debated and shown to be more complex than at first appears, until all the participants in the conversations are reduced to bafflement."
Timaeus and Critias by Plato( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Timaeus, one of Plato's acknowledged masterpieces, is an attempt to construct the universe and explain its contents by means of as few axioms as possible. The result is a brilliant, bizarre, and surreal cosmos - the product of the rational thinking of a creator god and his astral assistants, and of purely mechanistic causes based on the behaviour of the four elements. At times dazzlingly clear, at times intriguingly opaque, this was state-of-the-art science in the middle of the fourth century BC. The world is presented as a battlefield of forces that are unified only by the will of God, who had to do the best he could with recalcitrant building materials"--Cover, p. 4
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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths
Alternative Names
Robin Waterfield British classical scholar, writer of children's fiction

Robin Waterfield englischer Altertumswissenschaftler, Kinderbuchautor


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Waterfield, Robin A.H. (Robin Anthony Herschel), 1952-

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Wūtirfīld, Rūbīn 1952-

The republicAthens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern cityThe history of HerodotusDividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empireProphet : the life and times of Kahlil GibranXenophon's retreat : Greece, Persia, and the end of the Golden AgeThe firmThe first philosophers : the presocratics and sophists