"Fascinating . . . What Bettany Hughes provides is something vital: a life and times of Socrates that is so richly textured, flavorful and atmospheric that it makes human this most enigmatic of all philosophers. By the end of her book, we can almost see and smell the man, with all of his quirks and foibles and questioning brilliance."
--Walter Isaacson, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Bettany Hughes's terrifically readable life of Socrates is more than just a life; it is also an evocation and explanation of the world that created him, and over which he would come to have such influence . . . "The Hemlock Cup" makes a vivid and persuasive case for the study of Socrates as a valuable means to understanding how our way of thinking about our own world came to be, and a guide to how we might understand it better."
--"The Independent on Sunday" (UK)
"A beguiling book . . . Hughes triumphs again. This is history, and historical reconstruction, exactly as it should be written . . . The Socrates Hughes creates is ultimately a towering yet intensely human figure. He lives and speaks again in these pages: It's a singular accomplishment."
--"The Washington Post"
"Delightful . . . Hughes presents a high-octane account of Socrates and his age . . . "Do "read this book, both because of its marvelous storytelling and because it will stimulate a desire to learn more about the ancient world."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Bettany Hughes has done it again; she brings to life not only Socrates himself but the whole of Periclean Athens. Here is a work of dazzling erudition which remains hugely readable--what more can one ask?"
--John Julius Norwich, author of "Byzantium"
"No one before Bettany Hughes, a highly accomplished communicator, has thought to weave Socrates's examined life into quite so rich and dense a tapestry of democratic Athens's teeming high-cultural and mundane experience . . . Hughes's enormous energy and enthusishow more