A revisionist account of the most famous trial and execution in Western civilization―one with great resonance for American society today.Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. In 399 BCE, the great philosopher stood before an Athenian jury on serious charges: impiety and “subverting the young men of the city.” The picture we have of it―created by his immediate followers, Plato and Xenophon, and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since―is of a noble man putting his lips to the poisonous cup of hemlock, sentenced to death in a fit of folly by an ancient Athenian democracy already fighting for its own life. But an icon, an image, is not reality, and time has transmuted so many of the facts into historical fable.
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A revisionist account of the most famous trial and execution in Western civilization―one with great resonance for American society today.
In the spring of 399 BCE, Socrates stood trial in his native Athens. The court was packed, and after being found guilty by his peers, Socrates died by drinking a cup of the poison hemlock. But, Robin Waterfield asks in this provocative reinterpretation of one of the most famous court cases in world history, is this the whole story? Examining not only the actual records but placing Socrates in the historical context of an Athenian society in a state of moral decline, Waterfield provides a gripping portrait of our most enduring philosopher.
Praise for Robin Waterfield’s Xenophon’s Retreat:
“An excellent book. Robin Waterfield writes very well, in a style that is accessible and sophisticated.”―Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Trojan War
“A timeless story as well as a vivid tale of its times.”―BBC History magazine
Robin Waterfield, whose many translations include works by Plato, Plutarch, and Aristotle, currently resides on a farm in Greece. His career spans both academia and publishing.
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Buchbeschreibung W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A., 2009. hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Like new condition. White hard cover with gilt lettering on blue spine. Illustrated with b/w images and maps. First American Edition, First Printing. Used. Artikel-Nr. 239629