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The Death of Socrates

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Why did ancient Athens execute its own leading intellectual? Can our society, any more than the Athenian model from which it claims descent, tolerate dissent or allow for total freedom of speech and thought? Should we admire Socrates? Or were the Athenians right to put him to death? Socrates' own pupils and friends - most especially Plato - shaped most later responses to the death of Socrates. In their versions of the story Socrates becomes a new kind of hero. He did not die in battle, defending his country; he was executed as a condemned criminal. He died not by the sword or the spear, but by poison, without violence or pain. This new story about how a hero should die was provocative to the ancient Greeks and continues to challenge and puzzle us today.

Beginning with the accounts of contemporaries like Aristophanes, Xenophon, and, above all, Plato, the book offers a comprehensive look at the death of Socrates as both a historical event and a controversial cultural ideal. Wilson shows how Socrates' death--more than his character, actions, or philosophical beliefs--has played an essential role in his story.

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Author(s):
Emily Wilson
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
186197762X
ISBN-13:
9781861977625
Publisher:
Profile
Title:
The Death of Socrates

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Why did ancient Athens execute its own leading intellectual? Can our society, any more than the Athenian model from which it claims descent, tolerate dissent or allow for total freedom of speech and thought? Should we admire Socrates? Or were the Athenians right to put him to death? Socrates' own pupils and friends - most especially Plato - shaped most later responses to the death of Socrates. In their versions of the story Socrates becomes a new kind of hero. He did not die in battle, defending his country; he was executed as a condemned criminal. He died not by the sword or the spear, but by poison, without violence or pain. This new story about how a hero should die was provocative to the ancient Greeks and continues to challenge and puzzle us today.

Beginning with the accounts of contemporaries like Aristophanes, Xenophon, and, above all, Plato, the book offers a comprehensive look at the death of Socrates as both a historical event and a controversial cultural ideal. Wilson shows how Socrates' death--more than his character, actions, or philosophical beliefs--has played an essential role in his story.

Author(s):
Emily Wilson
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
186197762X
ISBN-13:
9781861977625
Publisher:
Profile
Title:
The Death of Socrates

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