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Tuesday 24 February 2015, Rossa Minogue

The Death of Socrates and the Birth of Individual Morality

Podcast: Josie Appleton asks what effect did the trial of Socrates have on fourth-century BC Athens?

This week’s podcast is a recording of Josie Appleton’s lecture on the Death of Socrates and the Birth of Individual Morality from the history strand of last year’s Academy. Appleton examines how the trial of Socrates in Athens at the beginning of the fourth century BC raised questions about the place of the individual in the public sphere and had ramifications that may ultimately have led the city to ruin.

Appleton’s lecture is in keeping with the theme of this year’s Academy, which will take place from 18-20 July. Through three stands of lectures - on literature, history, classics - as well as a plenary series on political philosophy, this year’s event will examine the emergence of the idea of the public through history, from the Poleis of Ancient Greece to the Republics of Renaissance Italy, and how these ideas rose to the fore during the Enlightenment. 

There is still time to take advantage of Early Bird Rates for The Academy 2015 before 4 March. If you would like to find out more about this year’s event, visit the Academy 2015 page.

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