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Because Socrates didn?t write any of the dialogues that have made him famous, scholars are always wary that the views presented by ?Socrates? are in reality those of the work?s actual author. While scholars continue to debate what Socrates himself believed, Plato?s Republic has been hugely influential in philosophic and political thought for more than two thousand years. Several concepts and passages?such as the metaphor of the ?ship of state,? the story of the Ring of Gyges, and the Allegory of the Cave?have shown up in the works of Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien and even the Matrix films. The ?ideal? republic presented in this work might strike some as despotic, perhaps even totalitarian, but Plato was a harsh critic of democracy after the democratic government in Athens condemned Socrates to death.