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    The Death of Socrates (Profiles in History) (Hardback) By (author) Emily Wilson

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    DescriptionThere were heroic lives and deaths before and after, but none quite like Socrates'. He did not die by sword or spear, braving all to defend home and country, but as a condemned criminal, swallowing a painless dose of poison. And yet Socrates' death in 399 BCE has figured large in our world ever since, shaping how we think about heroism and celebrity, religion and family life, state control and individual freedom, the distance of intellectual life from daily activity--many of the key coordinates of Western culture. In this book Emily Wilson analyzes the enormous and enduring power the trial and death of Socrates has exerted over the Western imagination. Beginning with the accounts of contemporaries like Aristophanes, Xenophon, and, above all, Plato, the book offers a comprehensive look at the death of Socrates as both a historical event and a controversial cultural ideal. Wilson shows how Socrates' death--more than his character, actions, or philosophical beliefs--has played an essential role in his story. She considers literary, philosophical, and artistic works--by Cicero, Erasmus, Milton, Voltaire, Hegel, and Brecht, among others--that used the death of Socrates to discuss power, politics, religion, the life of the mind, and the good life. As highly readable as it is deeply learned, her book combines vivid descriptions, critical insights, and breadth of research to explore how Socrates' death--especially his seeming ability to control it--has mattered so much, for so long, to so many different people.


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    Title
    The Death of Socrates
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Emily Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 236
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674026834
    ISBN 10: 0674026837
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    DC22: 183.2, 183/.2
    LC classification: B317 .W55 2007
    Thema V1.0: QDHA
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    15 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    This book is both scholarly and written with commendable clarity and punch. Professional philosophers and amateurs alike will find in it considerable food for thought.--Mark Vernon"Philosopher's Magazine" (01/01/2008)