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The Hemlock Cup by Bettany Hughes.. The truth about a man as storied as Socrates may consist more in asking the right questions (Socratic method, anyone?) than in sharpening academic scalpels. Here, Hughes combines scholarship, archeology and history to shape an intriguing inquiry.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"… terrifically readable …."

The Independent

"Both the man and the past come to life in a book that is a salutary reminder that wisdom is an enduring and not an ephemeral phenomenon.."

Richmond Times Dispatch

Author bio: Bettany Hughes is an English historian, author and broadcaster and has taught at Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (528 pp. Surprising: Kindle/Print editions)

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