Socrates' trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization.
The picture we have of it - created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since - is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy.
But an icon, an image, is not reality. The trial was, in part, a response to troubled times - a catastrophic war and turbulent social changes - and so provides a good lens through which to explore the history of the period; the historical facts allow us to strip away some of the veneer that has for so long denied us glimpses of the real Socrates.
Written by a scholar, but not only for scholars, this is an accessible, authoritative account of one of the defining periods of Western civilization.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations, maps
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/02/2010
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780571235513