Socrates as a detective in ancient Athens!
Amazingly, Socrates the ancient Greek philosopher is not recorded as taking
part in any criminal investigations. Such a blatant historical oversight is
corrected in this humerous book. When the holy statues of
Athens, known as the herms, were castrated, Socrates was in
the city. There may even have been a suggestion that he was
somehow involved. Therefore, he must have been affected by
this sacrilegious act, and must have been involved in trying to
discover the perpetrators.
There were also rumours at the time that there had been
parodies of the holy rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries carried out in private
houses. Socrates would have known about these tales, and
could not have avoided thinking about whether they were true.
If, at more or less the same time, an adolescent boy was
castrated, Socrates must have known about it. Furthermore, he
may well have been caught up in the investigation of that death.
And, when another death occurred, the city would have been
This is the story of that man and that time – when Socrates the
philosopher became Socrates the Private Investigator:
(Originally published as Socrates PI: 415 BC)
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Published June 21, 2011
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