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[探索发现] 2016-07-20 BBC:古代圣贤:苏格拉底 Socrates-8

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Athens’ appetite for territorial expansions seems to have been sharpened by the collective will of democratic voters. Socrates like all male Athenian citizens was expected to fight. He was in his late 30s when he was sent here to Potidaea to help take control of this strategic city in northern Greece.

“It’s from this time of war we get sharper textual details of Socrates’ life. The man himself starts to come into focus his vision, his physical courage, his eccentricities and a man with something momentous on his mind.”

The fighting was fierce, and for three years, the town was besieged. In desperation, locals turned to cannibalism.

“Yet in amongst these horrors and pity of war, somehow Socrates found stillness.”

We are told he became absorbed by complex private thoughts. In the depths of winter, wearing just a threadbare cloak and with bare feet, he stood for 24 hours at a stretch, stock still, lost in his own mind.
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