'Dinner with Socrates' podcast

You can hear the half-hour light-hearted Times Literary Festival debate about whether one would accept an invitation to dinner with Socrates by going to Mary Beard's account of the occasion and following the link there.

Speakers were Mary Beard and Tom Holland v. Oliver Taplin and MM McCabe.

I'm interested that Mary Beard chose to take Xenophon's portrait of Socrates rather than Plato's. This fits with what I have always privately believed, that Plato, the brilliant philosopher, moulded his Socrates (whose name had by then gathered authority because of his 'martyrdom') to be a mouthpiece for his own philosophical ideas, while Xenophon, the soldier and historian, gave us the Socrates he knew and admired. So I trust Xenophon to give us something much nearer the real Socrates. An unkind person might say he had not the originality of mind to do anything else.

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