Letters and Politics

Fund Drive Special – A Biographical Life of Socrates

Socrates was a scholar, teacher, and philosopher born in ancient Greece. His Socratic method laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned against him, Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 B.C. He accepted this judgment rather than fleeing into exile. His life is chronicled through very few sources: the dialogues of Plato and Xenophon and the plays of Aristophanes. Today as part of our fund drive, we are in conversation with Armand D’Angour about the Life of Socrates and his influence on western intellectual tradition.


Guest: Armand D’Angour is a British classical scholar and classical musician, Associate Professor of Classics at Oxford University, and is a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford. He authored several books, including The Greeks and the New: Novelty in Ancient Greek Imagination and Experience as well as his latest book Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher.


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  • BOOK: Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher by Armand D’Angour $200
  • USB: Ancient History Pack $180
  • COMBO: Book and USB $300

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