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Axial View Of The Trial Of Socrates

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In Plato’s account of the trial of Socrates he wrote, “It is intimation that what has happened to me is good, and that those of us who think death is an evil are in error” (Plato 112). Socrates, a philosopher in Athens, was tried and executed, but did not fear death. Athens, like other cities around the world, took part in an axial transformation in which the people valued compassion and finding the truths of life. The execution of Socrates emphasizes the regression of Athenian values. [Need another sentence about regression] Socrates axial way of thinking caused him to be the target of a vulnerable and intolerant Athenian government, who wrongly charged him because of their societal regression.

Thesis: Socrates axial way of thinking caused him to be the target of a vulnerable and intolerant Athenian government who wrongly charged him because of their societal regression.

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Topic sentence: Socrates embodied axial beliefs and the intention to always ask questions and find truth.

Evidence 1: Socrates often compared himself to a gadfly sent by the gods to question everyone. Don Nardo wrote in his novel The Trial of Socrates that Socrates, after he received a prophecy from an oracle, decided it was his destiny to “question his fellow citizens about what they knew in life, to criticize them where they erred, and to remind them when they were not being true to themselves” (Nardo, 27). Though many of the Athenians thought Socrates
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