READER À DOC Aristotle Detective ↠ 9780099436133

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READER À DOC Aristotle Detective ↠ 9780099436133 ð ❆ Aristotle Detective kindle Epub ❤ Author Margaret Doody – Athens 332 BC a city uneasy under the sway of the Macedonian Alexander the Great now fighting he King of Persia for control of the East In this time of fresh ambitiAughter is accused of the bizarre homicide IN his absence his cousin and nearest male relative 23 year old Stephanos must conduct Philemon's defence and attempt to clear his family's name of this bloody murderStephanos seeks help from Aristotle his former teacherand Aristotle For the first half of this book Aristotle is a detective in the same way as Nero Wolfe detecting from his armchair Later he goes out to seek some answers himself Stephanos his former student is the active participant in the detecting Lots of philosophical points made if you can catch them; eg at one point Aristotle says If Philemon did not do it someone in the class non Philemon did it That's Aristotle all right proving theorems and building hypotheses

KINDLE ´ Aristotle Detective Ú Margaret Doody

Athens 332 BC a city uneasy under the sway of the Macedonian Alexander the Great now fighting he King of Persia for control of the East In this time of fresh ambition and furtive discontent an eminent citizen is brutally murderedYoung Philemon an exile formerly guilty of mansl But there is a corollary to your first hypothesis which leads to a interesting argument After all Eudoxia’s proof is only a support of your hypothesis not a demonstration of it It is absolute as it goes but if this prop was knocked out your hypothesis could still be true If we take it as true the corollary might be demonstrated If Philemon did not do it somebody of the class non Philemon did it Someone did kill Boutades Looked at objectively that is the interesting point Find out who did kill Boutades and prove that this person did it and your theorem stands proved It is open to you before the trial to investigate who did kill Boutades as well as to find witnesses to prove Philemon’s absenceDoes this type of dialogue appeal to you as a reader? A pseudo Aristotelian dialogue that demands precision and intellectual clarity? If so this is the book for youI have for a long time been looking for one of those uaint historical murder mysteries that actually holds up historically Too many detective tropes a passion for impartial justice an official investigator position a deductive approach to uncovering mysteries just don’t have any place in ancient times Really any story set pre 19th century has no place for detectives Watching modern detectives in togas hiding behind titles such as vigiles informers or finders Such books can be fun but they are not a reflection of the ancient mindset The only one I can think of that does make that effort is Harry Sidebottom’s The Return and I found that the mystery which was essentially solved without real investigation beyond torturing bandits to be not very satisfyingWell I can add this book to my list now The events in this book are entirely possible A criminal charge against his family is about the only reason I can think of for an Athenian to undertake many of the mystery reuirements As one facing prosecution for a relative accused of murder the defendant has substantial time and motive to investigate the crime The only reach is that he decides as advised by Aristotle that the best defense is to identify the actual murderer which can certainly fall within the realm of the plausible even if rhetorical accusations against everyone would be likelyOne thing that I really liked about this book is how amateurish Stephanos is He blunders into most clues and seems oblivious to their deeper meaning Hence why Aristotle is present Aristotle has a bit of Sherlock Holmes in him An impish challenge loving good natured Holmes But what makes this very unusual for a mystery novel of this sort is that Aristotle the most capable mystery solver is not actually the detective Rather he’s the man offering advice to Stephanos our lead and reluctant detective Aristotle is happy to analyze the hints he brings and help in other ways but he never goes so far as to investigate himself I think that’s wonderful and a very different approachAristotle is excellent just as a character as well The uote above is a good example of how he talks but I also loved nuggets like this “Men injure others from four main causes chance compulsion habit and desire” The idea of categorizing clues into smaller and smaller boxes is such an Aristotelian approach to criminology And amidst the investigation we get plenty of insight into Aristotle’s philosophy and Athenian society generalI thought this book was pretty much perfect It scratched an itch I’d been looking for for a long time and did so in a charming and informative way I don’t think this book is for everyone though The mystery itself is not overly impressive and the essential clue needs to be explained rather too precisely to win over an Athenian law court or even modern readers But as a pleasant diversion in the early Hellenistic era it’s a great choice

Margaret Doody Ú Aristotle Detective KINDLE

Aristotle DetectiveTurns DetectiveWhy did no one think of this before? THE TIMESWit in a first novel is rare enough and when allied to the skilful unravelling of a murder story set in Ancient Athens it makes us doubly grateful for Aristotle Detective DAILY TELEGRAPHEminently enjoyable COLIN DEXT Having missed the vast majority of references and allusions suitable appreciation of this book is precluded by my ignorance of ancient Greece One could spend hours looking up terms and names if only those for different kinds of pots let alone what it would take to check the myriad of myths and legends It speaks for the book that this ignorance is not an impediment to enjoyment I should read it again with a classical encyclopedia at hand