The Last Days Of Socrates, The Apology

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In Plato’s writings of The Last Days of Socrates, The Apology describes Socrates’ trial in which he is charged with corrupting the youth of Athens and inventing new deities while not believing in the state-sanctioned gods. Socrates does not apologize, as the title implies, but rather defends himself from the accusations that were put upon him. Socrates learns from the Delphic oracle that he was the wisest man alive. Shocked to hear this, he attempts to determine his power as the wisest man and so he interviews many others who were said to be wise. The interview exposes many so-called wisem en as fakes. One of the interviews is with a politician, who discovers he cannot compare to Socrates. This realization sparks a hatred for Socrates in the…show more content…
He had argued without fault, proving that he had not corrupted the youth but allowed them to think for themselves, meaning that they willingly contradicted the state-accepted beliefs. At the same time, it is evident that older Athens opposes his beliefs. It is customary for the jury to allow the convicted to pay a fine or go into exile instead of being executed. Socrates has no money and will not borrow from any of his followers because he did not want to give it to the state. He also refuses to leave since that would mean that he had done something that would make him leave. Instead, Socrates offers his poverty. By doing this, he failed to “participate in public affairs attributed to the timely intervention of his supernatural sign...Euthyphro shows how the very existence is such a sign could have been held against Socrates...he would have been better advised not to suggest in a fiercely democratic court that any person committed to justice could not survive if he played a full part in the political life of his city” (Plato, 58). Socrates’ statement about giving his poverty for sympathy the of the court roused suspicion, and it is possible that if he had not said that he could have left Athens instead of being

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