About this book
Subtitled, "Socrates, Athens & The Search For The Good Life". A lively and brilliantly researched biography of Socrates, from the author of the bestselling "Helen Of Troy". Socrates was a soldier, a lover and a man of the people, and Hughes sets him the context of the Eastern Mediterranean that was his home.
For seventy years Socrates was a vigorous citizen of Golden Age Athens, philosophising in the squares and public arenas rather than in the courts of kings, before his beloved city turned on him, condemning him to death by poison. Socrates lived in and contributed to a city that nurtured key ingredients of contemporary civilisation.