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    DescriptionSocrates' trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it - created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since - is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality. The trial was, in part, a response to troubled times - a catastrophic war and turbulent social changes - and so provides a good lens through which to explore the history of the period; the historical facts allow us to strip away some of the veneer that has for so long denied us glimpses of the real Socrates. Written by a scholar, but not only for scholars, this is an accessible, authoritative account of one of the defining periods of Western civilization.


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    Title
    Why Socrates Died
    Subtitle
    Dispelling the Myths
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robin Waterfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571235506
    ISBN 10: 0571235506
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000, HIS002010, BIO006000
    DC22: 183.2
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, DNBH, NHC
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    19 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robin Waterfield's previous book for Faber was XENOPHON'S RETREAT. In 2005 he published a new translation of Xenophon's Anabasis as Xenophon: The Expedition of Cyrus. He is also the author of Athens: A History and has translated works by Euripides, Plutarch, Herodotus, Aristotle, and Plato, as well as other works by Xenophon.