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Steve DonoghueWhen Bettany Hughes published her study of Helen of Troy in 2005, skeptics had good cause for doubt that anything worthwhile could be made out of such a hackneyed and intangible subject. Yet Hughes was vindicated: The result was searchingly intelligent and quite beautifully written. In her newest book, The Hemlock Cup, she visits a subject almost as mythological as Helen and, if anything, more frequented, the 4th-century Athenian philosopher Socrates—and she triumphs again. This is history, and historical reconstruction, exactly as it should be written…the Socrates Hughes creates is ultimately a towering yet intensely human figure. He lives and speaks again in these pages: It's a singular accomplishment.
—The Washington Post