(Pdf Read) [The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life] Author Bettany Hughes
Ng a fresh and illuminating perspective on their timesA fruitful melding of informed and nuanced historical narrative "and personal observation that succeeds marvelously in realizing its bold ambition Weekly StandardThe brilliant cultural "personal observation that succeeds marvelously in realizing its bold ambition Weekly StandardThe brilliant cultural Hughes has again produced an intriguing and entertaining biohistory of one of the most important individuals in the ancient world She brings to life the social political economic literary and military realities of Socrates society in particular the centrality of the agora and aptly conveys the continuing urgency of Socrates devotion to the inuiring mind Publishers Weeklystarred There are certain historical figures whose lives merit perpetual reexamination because their impact continues to reverberate century after century Not only a lively and eminently readable biography of Socrates the man but also a vivid evocation of Athens the city state on the cusp of originating many of the greatest precepts of modern Western civilization BooklistOne
plunge enthusiastically the seething world inhabited by Socrates that Hughes recreates for us This is the grand sweep of Athenian history during its most politically inventive and culturally exciting period Irresistible Literary Review UK The life of Socrates becomes a peg from which to hang a vivid depiction of Athens in its golden age from the pinnacle of its greatness to the abyss of its ultimate defeat Hughes s prose is the literary euivalent of CGI re creating for the reader a sense of the clamour and dazzle of the classical city that has rarely been bettered Hers is an ancient Greece that is authentically cutting edge The Observer UKA riveting lively and brilliantly researched biography of Socrates by the author of the acclaimed bestseller Helen of Tr. Stand it better The Independent on Sunday UK A beguiling book Hughes triumphs "again This is history and historical reconstruction exactly as it should be written "This is history and historical reconstruction exactly as it should be written Socrates Hughes creates is ultimately a towering et intensely human figure He lives and speaks again in these pages It s a singular accomplishment The Washington Post DelightfulHughes presents a high octane account of Socrates and his age Do read this book both because of its marvelous storytelling book both because of its marvelous storytelling because it will stimulate a desire to learnabout the ancient world The Wall Street Journal Bettany Hughes has done it again she brings to life not only Socrates himself but the whole of Periclean Athens Here is a work of dazzling erudition which remains hugely readable whatcan one ask John Julius Norwich author of Byzantium No one before Bettany Hughes a highly accomplished communicator has thought to weave Socrates s examined life into uite so rich and dense a tapestry of democratic Athens s teeming high cultural and mundane experience Hughes s enormous energy and enthusiasm are infectious Paul CartledgeThe IndependentUK An invigorating tremendous work of scholarship A smart and entertaining biography of Socrates as shaped against the great experiment of democracy in th century BCE Athens Hughes thrillingly navigates the life stages of her subject Kirkus Reviewsstarred A compelling study of an exceptional man s relationship with the one community that had a hope of understanding and accepting him There s some terrific and passionate writing about a philosopher whose heroism is unuestionable and as lively and learned an introduction to classical Athens as ou could want The Daily Telegraph UK This is a lucid erudite and compelling work that brings Socrates and his city to life offeri. ,can plunge enthusiastically
Fascinating What Bettany Hughes provides is something vital a "life and times of Socrates that is so richly textured flavorful and atmospheric that it makes human this most "and times of Socrates that is so richly textured flavorful and atmospheric that it makes human this most of all philosophers By the end of her book we can almost see and smell the man with all of his uirks and foibles and uestioning brilliance Walter Isaacson The New York Times Book ReviewBettany Hughes biography is farthan just that this tour de force is a vivid political and social history of Athens in the th century BC Hughes evokes a city steeped in change looking past the Golden Age of democracy new wealth and power to the reality of a century tempered by war and infighting With the plan of his life as a backbone the book covers the whole experience of th century Athenians et paints a picture of Socrates as a marvellous eccentric paddling the streets barefoot conversing with strangers and refusing to conformthis approach produces an extremely exciting narrative Descriptions of Athens legal system aren t dry but dripping with colour "the city itself is dirty smelly defiantly alive And what other historian has spared a thought for the " city itself is dirty smelly defiantly alive And what other historian has spared a thought for the pain of ancient jurors sat on hard stone seats in court This is not a study of Socrates philosophy but his world As thought provoking as it is thrilling the book is a beacon for the relevance and interest of classics today The TimesLondonBettany Hughes s terrifically readable life of Socrates isthan just a life it is also an evocation and explanation of the world that created him and over which he would come to have such influence The Hemlock Cup makes a vivid and persuasive case for the study of Socrates as a valuable means to understanding how our way of thinking about our own world came to be and a guide to how we might under.