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View Diary: What are you reading? July 30, 2014 (34 comments)

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  •  Socrates must have been (6+ / 0-)

    a hell of a thorn in their side, if the authorities felt the need to execute him at 70.  
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, only the 2nd time after 40 years or so.  Let's see what a difference 4 decades makes in perception.

    Stars & Stellar Evolution by de Boers & Seggewiss.  I've been enjoying The Science Channel's actual science shows, (i.e. How The Universe Works, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, not the alien encounters stuff) and wanted some challenging hard science reading.

    Highly recommended-We Who Said No To War:American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now by Polner & Wood.  An excellent collection.

    •  Well... (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Mark Tapley, plf515

      I don't think that the Athenian authorities ever expected that they would have to carry out the sentence.

      Rem,ember, many of Socrates students were wealthy kids and I thinkit was fully expected that they would help him escape.

      The truth could also be that at the age of 70, Socrates was ready to die...and Plato (and Xenophon) do hint at that possibility.

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