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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, liked 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 minds.

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

Yet, in amongst these horrors, the pity of war, somehow, Socrates found stillness.

We are told he became absorbed by complex, private thoughts. In the depth 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 minds.
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