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|Named Person:||Socrates; Socrates; Socrates.|
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|Description:||xxv, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||The trial of Socrates. Socrates in court ; How the system worked ; The charge of impiety --
The war years. Alcibiades, Socrates, and the aristocratic milieu ; Pestilence and war ; The rise and fall of Alcibiades ; The end of the war ; Critias and Civil War ---
Crisis and conflict. Symptoms of change ; Reactions to intellectuals --
The condemnation of Socrates. Socratic politics ; A cock for Asclepius --
Socrates' trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it - created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since - is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality. The trial was, in part, a response to troubled times - a catastrophic war and turbulent social changes - and so provides a good lens through which to explore the history of the period; the historical facts allow us to strip away some of the veneer that has for so long denied us glimpses of the real Socrates. Written by a scholar, but not only for scholars, this is an accessible, authoritative account of one of the defining periods of Western civilization.