Plato's Apology : Plato As A Martyr

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Also known as the father of Western Philosophy, Socrates holds an immortal place in history as a Martyr, a person who dies on behalf of their faith or belief. Since his death in 399 BCE , philosophers have analyze his teachings and used it as a base to elaborate on their own. However, in recent years his pedestal has been shaken by notions that during his renowned Apology, he laid way for his death which would result in the title of Martyr. Plato’s Apology has been analyzed religiously and one can come to the conclusion that Socrates communicated in a way that reaffirmed all of the accusations bestowed upon him by the court of Athens. It would appear that he constructed his defense in such a way that the courts of Athens possessed little to no choice but to sentence him to his death and when he was found guilty of his charges, he had the opportunity to present a punishment that would not have resulted in his death. This essay will investigate the evidence in favor of the notion that he purposely paved the way for his own demise and deserves the title of a self- appointed Martyr as opposed to a Martyr of philosophy.
Socrates lived the entirety of his life in Athens, Greece. He hailed from a moderately wealthy family and as a young adolescent, he thirsted for education. He was said to possess remarkable amounts of endurance and courage which could follow him through the entirety of his life. As was expected of Athenian men, he served in the Athenian army, fighting in the
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