Socrates In Plato's 'The Apology'

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Plato’s The Apology is an account of the speech given by Socrates at his own trial in which he is being charged with not recognizing the gods that are officially recognized by the state of Athens, inventing new deities, as well as corrupting the youth. While the name of the piece is The Apology Socrates in his speech never apologizes for his actions. Instead the name of the speech comes from the Greek work “apologia” which translates to defense or a speech that is made in defense. Therefore Socrates attempts to defend himself from the things he is being accused of and in no way apologizes for any of his actions. This paper will analyze what Socrates was being charged for and in particular focusing on the idea of Socrates being a sophist. By looking into the similarities and differences that Socrates has with the typical sophist we can get a better understanding of why he was charged as being a sophist even if he believed this was a false accusation. In the end evidence will be provided as to why Socrates should not have been charged for being a sophist as it is in my opinion that…show more content…
The term sophist originated in Greek culture around the 6th century BCE. The sophists were a group of intellectuals and professional teachers who for a fee would teach the youth of Greece in the art of virtue and excellence. In particular these intellectuals would pass on rhetoric, which is the art and skill of speech making or persuasion. Sophists of this time were sometimes even known to use deception to challenge the popular logic of the time. So in the end a Sophist was someone who charged people money and in return promised to make them a wiser
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