The Trial of Socrates

The Trial of Socrates

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by I.F. Stone
     
 

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In unraveling the long-hidden issues of the most famous free speech case of all time, noted author I.F. Stone ranges far and wide over Roman as well as Greek history to present an engaging and rewarding introduction to classical antiquity and its relevance to society today. The New York Times called this national best-seller an "intellectual

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In unraveling the long-hidden issues of the most famous free speech case of all time, noted author I.F. Stone ranges far and wide over Roman as well as Greek history to present an engaging and rewarding introduction to classical antiquity and its relevance to society today. The New York Times called this national best-seller an "intellectual thriller."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The philosopher we meet on these pages is an arrogant, bullying elitist who welcomed death and did his best to antagonize the jury that sentenced him,'' stated PW. ``In this iconoclastic portrait of a secular saint, Socrates emerges as a thoroughly dislikable, albeit superior, man who upheld unpopular truths.'' (Feb.)
Library Journal
Since his retirement in 1971, former muckraker Stone has turned classicist. He is especially fascinated by Socrates's trial because it represents a ``black mark'' for the free and democratic Athens that he admires. Stone argues that while the Athenian verdict cannot be defended, it can be understood: Socrates was an anti-democratic reactionary whose philosophy posed a genuine threat to liberal ideals. Stone's portrait of Socrates sharply contrasts with the popular hagiographies and will stimulate a wide range of readers, although specialists will find much to argue with. Recommended for general collections.Richard Hogan, Southeastern Massachusetts Univ., North Dartmouth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385260329
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
595,275
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.69(d)

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The Trial of Socrates 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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The story about the long-hidden issues in the most famous free speech case of all time, Stone ranges far and wide over Roman as well as Greek civilization and gives us an engaging and rewarding introduction to classical antiquity and its relevance to our society today
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Interesting account by established scholar and author about the issues Socrates faced and how he might have challenged the charges brought against him. Book is filled with various facts that make the subject quite interesting, such as how books by Homer like the Iliad and Odyssey were used as reference material by Socrates and others of the day. Book also discusses the tragic death of Socrates and gives a biography of his life.