The hemlock cup socrates athens and the search for the good life by bettany hughes review bettany hughes strives too hard to make the philosopher relevant in this otherwise entertaining . The hemlock cup socrates athens and the search for the good life looking at athens at different phases of the philosophers life act one looks at the world socrates arrived into a new democracy hopeful confident but also scarred by war with persia and deeply religious. The hemlock cup socrates athens and the search for the good life is a 2011 popular history book on the life of socrates written by bettany hughes and published by vintage books further reading donoghue steve february 13 2011 the hemlock cup a history of socrates. The hemlock cup socrates athens and the search for the good life by bettany hughes review tom payne finds the hemlock cup by bettany hughes to be a riveting passionate and learned introduction . Socrates who mingled with all manner of men cannot be blamed for associating with individuals who went on to disappoint in later life 8 now a list was drawn up 3000 citizens of whom the thirty approved and all others in athens were disarmed
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