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The Resource The hemlock cup : Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life, Bettany Hughes

The hemlock cup : Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life, Bettany Hughes

Label
The hemlock cup : Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life
Title
The hemlock cup
Title remainder
Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life
Statement of responsibility
Bettany Hughes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; in his unwavering commitment to truth and in the example of his own life, he 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 Bettany Hughes gives us an unprecedented, brilliantly 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?archaeological, topographical and textual?to illuminate the streets where Socrates walked, to place him there and to show us the world as he experienced it. She takes us through the great, teeming Agora?the massive marketplace, the heart of ancient Athens?where Socrates engaged in philosophical dialogue and where he would be condemned to death. We visit the battlefields where he fought, the red-light district and gymnasia he frequented and the religious festivals he attended. We meet the men and the few women?including his wife, Xanthippe, and his ?inspiration? and confidante, Aspasia?who were central to his life. We travel to where he was born and where he died. And we come to understand the profound influences of time and place in the evolution of his eternally provocative philosophy
Biography type
individual biography
Citation location within source
  • December 20, 2010
  • December 15, 2010
  • January 01, 2011
  • January 01, 2011
Citation source
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Booklist
  • Library Journal
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
The hemlock cup : Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life, Bettany Hughes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 388-472) and index
Control code
2010045486
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxxv, 484 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400041794
Lccn
2010045486
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)630500171
Label
The hemlock cup : Socrates, Athens, and the search for the good life, Bettany Hughes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 388-472) and index
Control code
2010045486
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxxv, 484 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400041794
Lccn
2010045486
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)630500171

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