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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths, Robin Waterfield

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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths
Title
Why Socrates died
Title remainder
dispelling the myths
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Robin Waterfield
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Language
eng
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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  • /* Starred Review */ Socrates and Alcibiades were an unlikely couple: an ugly old philosopher and a charming, intelligent, ambitious and arrogant aristocrat. The fallout from this relationship and an unpopular war toppled the world's most significant philosophical figure. By placing the execution of Socrates against the context of the Peloponnesian War, classicist Waterfield (Xenophon's Retreat ) argues that a guilty verdict against the philosopher, charged with impiety and corrupting Athens's youth, was a rational outcome. “Athens of the last third of the fifth century B.C. was affected by a striking list of stress factors. Old certainties were being undermined by prolonged warfare, morally subversive ideas, population displacement” and other forms of social upheaval. Sitting atop a solid foundation of scholarship, this valuable survey of an important period of ancient history is especially useful as a prelude to texts by Plato, Xenophon and Thucydides. Of the many introductory studies on the Athenian judicial system, the trial of Socrates, the conflict between Athens and Sparta and the reasons that democracy gave way to oligarchy in Athens, this is among the clearest, most well-organized and most concise. 4 pages of illus., maps. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 30, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 13, p39)
  • Classicist Waterfield examines the trial and conviction of Socrates (c.470–399 B.C.E.) in the context of the fifth-century B.C.E. political upheavals in Athens that led to humiliating defeat by Sparta in 404 B.C.E. Waterfield sets the stage for Socrates' trial with a thorough and fascinating account of the democratic process of lawmaking and justice in Athens. In Waterfield's view, citizens of the Greek city-state blamed the catastrophe of defeat on the displeasure of the gods. Who could be more responsible than Socrates, who taught the young to doubt their fathers and question ancient values? His belief in governance by expert seemed to favor oligarchy over traditional democracy. Socrates was also closely associated with leaders of the short and bloody oligarchic coup (404–403 B.C.E.) following defeat. Waterfield argues that citizens of the restored democracy blamed the philosopher for his heretical education of the generation that came to maturity during the upheavals, most prominently the adventurer Alcibiades, who represented for many the corruption of values that led to defeat. Waterfield brings to life the ideas and emotions teeming in ancient Athens and makes Socrates' sentence of death seem inevitable. This learned book in clear, concise prose belongs in all libraries.—Stewart Desmond, New York --Stewart Desmond (Reviewed February 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 3, p117)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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315291
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DLC
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1952-
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Waterfield, Robin
Dewey number
  • 183/.2
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
B316
LC item number
.W38 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Socrates
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dispelling the myths
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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths, Robin Waterfield
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-245) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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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
Control code
738989
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxv, 253 pages
Isbn
9780393065275
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009004317
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393065275
  • (OCoLC)286488239
Label
Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths, Robin Waterfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-245) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
738989
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxv, 253 pages
Isbn
9780393065275
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009004317
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393065275
  • (OCoLC)286488239

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