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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths

Author: Robin Waterfield
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Robin Waterfield presents Socrates as a deeply moral thinker whose convictions stood in stark relief to those of his former disciple, Alcibiades, the hawkish and self-serving military leader. Refusing to surrender his beliefs even in the face of death, Socrates was determined to save his native Athens even as the city-state was tearing itself apart and falling into moral decline.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Socrates; Socrates; Socrates.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 9780393065275 0393065278
OCLC Number: 286488239
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 --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Robin Waterfield.

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Robin Waterfield presents Socrates as a deeply moral thinker whose convictions stood in stark relief to those of his former disciple, Alcibiades, the hawkish and self-serving military leader. Refusing to surrender his beliefs even in the face of death, Socrates was determined to save his native Athens even as the city-state was tearing itself apart and falling into moral decline.

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.

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