Plato 's Apology And Crito

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Throughout the history of western civilization, religion and politics have been put together and associated with the major historical events that have marked the history of humanity on earth. In the following written works, Plato’s Apology and Crito, The Gospel According to
Mark, and Dante’s Inferno, religion and politics are shown to be intertwined, which emphasizes the impact of each individual character in each written work. Also, these written works explain how politics are affected by religion and vice versa.
Plato’s Apology and Crito are plays that explain how Socrates, who was considered an honored and the wisest man in all of Athens by the Oracle, is sentenced to death because he was a setting a bad example by questioning the Oracle and Gods. In the Apology and Crito, it is seen how religion and politics are linked when Socrates is declared by the Delphic Oracle the wisest man in all of Athens; because unlike other people in Athens, Socrates knew that he did not know,
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” (Plato,19c).
Socrates believes in the Gods, especially Apollo, but by going against what the Oracle says he faced political issues. After his declarations, Socrates is taken on a trial and he is accused of corrupting the youth and not believing in the Gods. In his speech Socrates tries to defend himself by questioning everybody, specially one of his accusers, Miletus, by using a series of sarcastic comparisons to prove…
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