The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life
Publish date: October 7th 2010
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
Though the copious details are at times overwhelming, Hughes does a beautiful job depicting the ancient Athens of Socrates and renders a superb portrait of the philosopher. Vivid and fascinating.
Washington Post likes this; while I'm not direly in need of another Socrates bio, having read the excellent Why Socrates Died a couple years back, I find him - and the necessity of his execution - wicked interesting.Check out her other books, too. She wrote a bio of Helen of Troy?! I had no idea s...
*she often lists from thesaurus, which comes over as rather affected, and grates after a while; one fallen star right there.*R4 Monday - book of the week. TRAILERblurb - Written by Bettany Hughes. We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did. His aphorism 'The unexamined life is n...
I know Socrates through Plato's works so I was really looking forward to this story of his life but I found Bettany's book confusing, badly structured and meandering. I found it very informative about the Athens Socrates lived in and less interesting about himself. Very disappointing. I love her voi...
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