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    DescriptionFrom the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling elan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens. We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; in his unwavering commitment to truth and in the example of his own life, he set the standard for all subsequent Western philosophy. And yet, for twenty-five centuries, he has remained an enigma: a man who left no written legacy and about whom everything we know is hearsay. His life spanned "seventy of the busiest, most wonderful and tragic years in Athenian history." Athens in the fifth century B.C. was a city devastated by war, but, at the same time, transformed by the burgeoning process of democracy. Drawing on the latest sources--archaeological, topographical, and textual--Hughes re-creates the streets where Socrates walked, to place him there, and to illuminate for us the world as he experienced it. She takes us through the great, teeming Agora--the massive marketplace, the heart of ancient Athens--where Socrates engaged in philosophical dialogue and where he would be condemned to death. We visit the battlefields where he fought, the red-light district and gymnasia he frequented and the religious festivals he attended. We meet the men and the few women--including his wife, Xanthippe, and his "inspiration" and confidante, Aspasia--who were central to his life. We travel to where he was born and where he died. And we come to understand the profound influences of time and place in the evolution of his eternally provocative philosophy.

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    The Hemlock Cup
    Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bettany Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 484
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400076017
    ISBN 10: 1400076013

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    LC classification: B316 .H84 2010
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    14 February 2012
    Author Information
    Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her first book, "Helen of Troy, " has been translated into ten languages. She has written and presented numerous documentaries for the BBC, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic, which have been seen by more than 100 million viewers worldwide. She received her degrees in ancient and medieval history from Oxford University and holds a Research Fellowship at King's College, London. She was awarded the 2012 Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History by the Historical Association. She was awarded the 2012 Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History by the Historical Association. She lives in the United Kingdom and abroad with her husband and their two daughters.
    Review quote
    "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' biography is far more than just that: this tour de force is a vivid political and social history of Athens in the 5th century BC. Hughes evokes a city steeped in change, looking past the Golden Age of democracy, new wealth and power to the reality of a century tempered by war and infighting. With the plan of his life as a backbone, the book covers the whole experience of 5th-century Athenians, yet paints a picture of Socrates as a marvellous eccentric, paddling the streets barefoot, conversing with strangers and refusing to conform . . . this approach produces an extremely exciting narrative. Descriptions of Athens' legal system aren't dry but dripping with colour; the city itself is dirty, smelly, defiantly alive. And what other historian has spared a thought for the buttock pain of ancient jurors sat on hard stone seats in court? This is not a study of Socrates' philosophy but his world. As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, the book is a beacon for the relevance and interest of classics today." --"The Times "(London) " " "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 his