July 9th: Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Prof. Armand D’Angour is Associate Professor in Classic at Jesus College, Oxford. As well as an innovative classicist he is a musician and businessman who has played a distinguished role in promoting ancient Greek to modern audiences.

In his new, highly readable book ‘Socrates in Love’ he sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.

Our conception of Socrates has relied upon Plato and Xenophon – men who met him when he was in his fifties and a well-known figure in war-torn Athens. There is mystery at the heart of Socrates’ story: what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? What drove him to pursue with such persistence, at the cost of social acceptance and ultimately of his life, a whole new way of thinking about the meaning of existence? In this revisionist biography, Armand D’Angour draws on neglected sources to explore the passions and motivations of young Socrates, showing how love transformed him into the philosopher he was to become. What emerges is the figure of Socrates as never previously portrayed: a heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer – and a passionate lover.

Join the author in Hungerford Library as he talks about his book. Q&A and a signing follows.

Hungerford Hub/Library 7:30, July 9th.

Tickets £6 (includes a glass of wine and money off the book)