What is Justice ? Why do men behave justly? In the ideal state, how should women, children and property be treated in the ruling middle class ? Join Socrates along with the Athenians and other interlocutors as they question, argue and discuss their perceptions of an ideal community and combine argument and myth to commend a life organised by reason. Regarded as the culminating achievement of Plato, The Republic, in the form of a Socratic dialogue, goes on to argue that the world of everyday objects imperfectly imitates the world of Forms. It also expounds Platos belief that there is an ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy and acknowledges the influence of art upon the mind.