The Laches (Greek: ?????) is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato. Participants in the discourse present competing definitions of the concept of courage. Laches - Athenian general and statesman, son of Melanopus. Famous dialogues of Plato - Early: Apology, Charmides, Crito, Ion, Euthyphro, Hippias MinorIon, Laches, Lysis; Transitional and middle: Cratylus, Euthydemus, Gorgias, Menexenus, Meno, Phaedo, Protagoras, Symposium; Later middle: Parmenides, Phaedrus, Republic, Theaetetus; Late: Critias, Laws, Philebus, Sophist, Statesman, Timaeus.