Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths

Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths

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By (author) Robin Waterfield

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 18mm | 237g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571235514
  • ISBN 13: 9780571235513
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 247,080

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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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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.