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Waterfield, Robin, 1952-
Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths / Robin Waterfield
1st American ed
New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2009
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  B316 .W38 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Socrates -- Trials, litigation, etc
Socrates -- Death and burial
Physical Description xxv, 253 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-245) and index
Contents The trial of Socrates -- Socrates in court -- How the system worked -- The charge of impiety -- The war years -- Alcibiades, Socrates, and the aristocratic milieu -- Pestilence and war -- The rise and fall of Alcibiades -- The end of the war -- Critias and Civil War --- Crisis and conflict -- Symptoms of change -- Reactions to intellectuals -- The condemnation of Socrates -- Socratic politics -- A cock for Asclepius
Summary Robin Waterfield presents Socrates as a deeply moral thinker whose convictions stood in stark relief to those of his former disciple, Alcibiades, the hawkish and self-serving military leader. Refusing to surrender his beliefs even in the face of death, Socrates was determined to save his native Athens even as the city-state was tearing itself apart and falling into moral decline

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