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The works of Plato are historically organized in a manner drawn from Alexandria's Thrasyllus (flourished 1st century CE): 36 works are broken into nine classes of four (counting the Letters as one). But for a reader now, purchasing Thrasyllus makes little sense. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know the order of the composition of the works of Plato. Two styles of consideration have been focused on speculation about chronology: perceived material production and stylometry, or the study of unique features of prose style, now done with the assistance of computers. Scholars have come to a commonly used rough classification of books, labelled with the conventional designations of early, middle, and late dialogues, by mixing the two kinds of analysis. The Socratic works (based on the practices of the historical Socrates), the literary masterpieces and the technological studies (see individually mentioned works below) can also be regarded as such categories. Any of Plato's dialogues was significantly transmitted as he left it. It is necessary, though, to be aware of the causal chain that binds modern readers to the writers of Plato's time in Greek. The words of an ancient author had to be copied by hand to survive before the age of printing, and the copies had to be copied, and so on over the course of decades, at which time the original would have been lost for a long time. There was undoubtedly some cheating in the copying process, as is also seen by disputes between competing manuscript practices. However, even though any Platonic 'urtext' had edition of the works of Plato. persisted, it would not be anything like what was written in a new.

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