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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths

Auteur: Robin Waterfield
Uitgever: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Editie/Formaat:   Boek : Biografie : Engels : 1st American edAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
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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/Vorm: Biography
Genoemd persoon: Socrates; Socrates; Socrates.
Genre: Biografie
Soort document: Boek
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 9780393065275 0393065278
OCLC-nummer: 286488239
Beschrijving: xxv, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Inhoud: 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.
Verantwoordelijkheid: Robin Waterfield.

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A revisionist account of one of the most famous trials in Western civilization, "Why Socrates Died" is a work whose insights translate clearly from ancient Athens to modern America.  Meer lezen...

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