Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skilful discussion of immortality.
Christopher Rowe's introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book's themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato's Socratic philosophy.
Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? WereShakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we reallyknow about the playwright's life? And what of his notoriousrelationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popularmyths about the great playwright, this illuminating new bookevaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—orits absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and whatthis reveals about our own personal investment in the stories wetell.