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The death of Socrates : hero, villain, chatterbox, saint

Author: Emily R Wilson
Publisher: London : Profile, 2007.
Series: Profiles in history (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Greek philosopher and teacher Socrates was the first person in the western tradition to be killed for asking too many questions. This story about how a hero should die was provocative to the ancient Greeks and continues to challenge and puzzle us today.
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Named Person: Socrates; Socrates.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emily R Wilson
ISBN: 9781861977625 186197762X
OCLC Number: 122284909
Description: 247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the man who drank the hemlock --
1. Socrates' philosophy --
2. Politics and society --
3. Plato and others : who created the death of Socrates? --
4. "A Greek chatterbox" : the death of Socrates in the Roman Empire --
5. Pain and revelation : the death of Socrates and the death of Jesus --
6. The apotheosis of philosophy : from enlightenment to revolution --
7. Talk, truth, totalitarianism : the problem of Socrates in modern times --
Further reading --
List of illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
Index.
Series Title: Profiles in history (London, England)
Responsibility: Emily Wilson.
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Why did ancient Athens execute its own leading intellectual? Can our society, any more than the Athenian model from which it claims descent, tolerate dissent or allow for total freedom of speech and  Read more...

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[A] spritely and illuminating account of the events surrounding Socrates' execution... [A]lways informative and enjoyable. -- Carolyne Larrington * TLS *

 
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