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The Trial of Socrates:
Aristophanes’ Clouds, Part 2
Posted By Greg Johnson On February 20, 2013 @ 1:09 am In Counter-Currents Radio | 5 Comments
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This is the second of three podcasts on Aristophanes’ Clouds.
The first words, which were cut off, were something to the effect of: “What these three groups — the natural philosophers, the Sophists, and the ‘New Age’ counter-culture of the day — have in common is a certain critical distance from the reigning conventions.”
The Source of the Lecture
In September and October of 1998, I gave a course of eight, two-hour lectures on “The Trial of Socrates.” We covered the following topics and texts:
The whole class was taped, but the tapes of the first lecture, which was an introduction to the whole course, and the last lecture, on the Phaedo, have disappeared. Nevertheless, the six remaining lectures, which I will release in 12 separate parts, contain a lot of useful material.
The books for the class are:
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