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The Death of Socrates (Profiles in History)

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There were heroic lives and deaths before and after, but none quite like Socrates'. He did not die by sword or spear, braving all to defend home and country, but as a condemned criminal, swallowing a painless dose of poison. And yet Socrates' death in 399 BCE has figured large in our world ever since, shaping how we think about heroism and celebrity, religion and family life, state control and individual freedom, the distance of intellectual life from daily activity--many of the key coordinates of Western culture. In this book Emily Wilson analyzes the enormous and enduring power the trial and death of Socrates has exerted over the Western imagination.

Beginning with the accounts of contemporaries like Aristophanes, Xenophon, and, above all, Plato, the book offers a comprehensive look at the death of Socrates as both a historical event and a controversial cultural ideal. Wilson shows how Socrates' death--more than his character, actions, or philosophical beliefs--has played an essential role in his story. She considers literary, philosophical, and artistic works--by Cicero, Erasmus, Milton, Voltaire, Hegel, and Brecht, among others--that used the death of Socrates to discuss power, politics, religion, the life of the mind, and the good life. As highly readable as it is deeply learned, her book combines vivid descriptions, critical insights, and breadth of research to explore how Socrates' death--especially his seeming ability to control it--has mattered so much, for so long, to so many different people.

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Socrates's death in 399 BCE has figured largely in our world ever since, shaping how we think about heroism and celebrity, religion and family life, state control and individual freedom, the distance of intellectual life from daily activity--many of the key coordinates of Western culture. In this book, Wilson analyzes the enormous and enduring power the trial and death of Socrates has exerted over the Western imagination.

About the Author

Emily Wilson is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton.

University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674026834
Author:
Wilson, Emily
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Wilson, Emily R.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Socrates
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys/Ancient & Classical
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Profiles in History
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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