Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths

McClelland & Stewart, 4.5.2010 - 280 sivua
A revisionist account of the most famous trial and execution in Western civilization — one with great resonance for modern society

In the spring of 399 BCE, the elderly philosopher Socrates stood trial in his native Athens. The court was packed, and after being found guilty by his peers, Socrates died by drinking a cup of poison hemlock, his execution a defining moment in ancient civilization. Yet time has transmuted the facts into a fable. Aware of these myths, Robin Waterfield has examined the actual Greek sources, presenting a new Socrates, not an atheist or guru of a weird sect, but 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, as Waterfield reveals, was determined to save a morally decayed country that was tearing itself apart. Why Socrates Died is then not only a powerful revisionist book, but a work whose insights translate clearly from ancient Athens to the present day.

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Another book that fits into my summer project of Reading Outside The Box, i.e. trying new authors and new genres via a cross-section of newly published work. In a very manageable 204 pages, Waterfield ... Lue koko arvostelu

Why Socrates died: dispelling the myths

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Classicist Waterfield examines the trial and conviction of Socrates (c.470-399 B.C.E.) in the context of the fifth-century B.C.E. political upheavals in Athens that led to humiliating defeat by Sparta ... Lue koko arvostelu


Socrates in Court
How the System Worked
The Charge of Impiety
Alcibiades Socrates and
Symptoms of Change
To Reactions to Intellectuals
Socratic Politics
A Cock for Asclepius
Bibliography 22

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Robin Waterfield, whose many translations include works by Plato, Plutarch, and Aristotle, currently resides on a farm in Greece. Robinwaterfield.com

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