The Hemlock Cup by
Call Number: B316 .H84 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
Summary: 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 the author, a historian gives us a 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 the author 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.
Contents: The dramatic story of Socrates: sources and approach -- Athena's city -- Socrates as a young man -- Socrates the soldier -- New gods, new possibilities: Socrates in middle age -- The fight goes on -- Socrates and love -- Cutting down the tallest corn -- The trial and death of Socrates.