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The Trials of Socrates

Six Classic Texts

The Trials of Socrates by Plato; Aristophanes; Xenophon;  C. D. C. Reeve
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Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on the real Socrates diverges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references.

Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; March 2002
200 pages; ISBN 9781603847308
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Title: The Trials of Socrates
Author: Plato; Aristophanes; Xenophon; C. D. C. Reeve
 
ISBNs
160384693X
9780872205895
9781603846936
9781603847308