THE HEMLOCK CUP
Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

BETTANY HUGHES
484pp ILLUS (SOME COLOUR) MAPS 2011 OUT OF PRINT G338

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£15.95

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This is the biography Socrates deserves: it sets him in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean that was his home, and deals with him as he himself dealt with the world. Socrates was a soldier, a lover, a man of the people. He philosophised neither in grand educational establishments nor the courts of kings but in the public arenas of Golden Age Athens. He lived through an age of extraordinary materialism, in which a democratic culture turned to its own glorification; when war was declared under the banner of democracy; and when tolerance turned into intimidation on streets once walked by Euripides, Sophocles and Pericles. For seventy years he was a vigorous citizen of Athens, but then his beloved city turned on him, condemning him to death by poison. Hughes has painstakingly pieced together Socrates' life, revealing the human heart of the man and a story that is as relevant now as it has ever been.