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The Trial and Execution of Socrates: Sources and Controversies
Socrates is one of the most important yet enigmatic philosophers of all time; his fame has endured for centuries despite the fact that he never actually wrote anything. In 399 B.C.E., he was tried on the charge of impiety by the citizens of Athens, convicted by a jury, and sentenced to death (ordered to drink poison derived from hemlock). About these facts there is no disa ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 27th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
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The text is well written and interesting to say the least. The translation of Plato and Xenophon's works are among the best in existence. Brickhouse's introductions to each chapter are short and to-the-point, without omitting worthwhile details or becoming too dry or bombastic. The scholarly arguments regarding Socrates are well-selected and, by this reader, well-received. Even the works cited list is an object of interest, aptly Brickhouse researched his book.