The Hemlock Cup

The Hemlock Cup

Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

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In his unwavering commitment to truth and in the example of his own life, Socrates 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, gleaned from the writings of Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes. Now historian Bettany Hughes gives us a vivid portrait of Socrates and of his homeland, Athens in its Golden Age. His life spanned "seventy of the busiest, most wonderful and tragic years in Athenian history." It was a city devastated by war, but, at the same time, transformed by the burgeoning process of democracy, and Hughes re-creates this fifth-century B.C. city, drawing on the latest sources to illuminate the streets where Socrates walked, to place him there and to show us the world as he experienced it.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781400041794
Branch Call Number: 921 Socra
Description: xxxv, 484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm


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Apr 01, 2013

more bio than philosophy


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