In the last few years interest in a multi-faceted approach to Socrates and
the Socratics has grown considerably. Not only have the So$ kratikoi logoi
been studied with more and more attention; the historical and literary contexts
to which the protagonists of these logoi belong have also been tackled
extensively. The need to consider Socrates within a broader context has become
urgent, this being the only way to understand both his uniqueness and the
various – and often as yet unclear – relations which link him to the Athenian
world and society of the second half of the fifth century B.C. A valuable survey
of recent scholarship, entitled ‘Socratic’ Dialogues, appeared in 2009 in
the electronic journal Plato, with contributions by Mauro Bonazzi, Louis-
André Dorion, Noburu Notomi, Marcel van Ackeren, and Tomoko Hatano1.
This survey is mainly focused on Plato; the present one dwells on a wider
range of topics, and encompasses studies of the other Socratics as well.