Why Socrates Died

Why Socrates Died : Dispelling the Myths

By (author) Robin Waterfield


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Socrates' 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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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 32mm | 557.92g
  • 19 Feb 2009
  • London
  • English
  • 0571235506
  • 9780571235506
  • 882,098

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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.

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