The Apology And Interpretation Of The Trial Of Socrates

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The Apology is Plato 's account and interpretation of the trial of Socrates (399 BC). When the Thirty Tyrants were ruling Athens, Socrates was asked by them to help capture Leon of Salamis, a wealthy man. This arrest was to be made simply because Leon was a just Democrat and the Tyrants wanted to take his huge estate for themselves. Socrates disobeyed these orders hence why he was later executed as a traitor of Athens. Meletus was the man who then brought Socrates before a jury for prosecution.
Socrates pleaded innocent in his trial. Similarly, several arguments are used to support the idea that he was innocent and should not have been executed. In his argument for his innocence, Socrates poses his defense before the jury as shown by Plato, his student. This defense is in the form of a speech. The speech is delivered to the jury and everyone else within the area that is following on his case. It is delivered before the sentence can be passed as he is given the chance to defend himself. He begins casually and states that he is not conversant with the kind of language that should be spoken in front of the jury. As such, he decides to speak, as though in a normal conversation with people, which is what he was used to.

Various arguments try to show that Socrates was guilty of the offenses he was accused. These offenses were failing to recognize the gods of the Greeks, coming up with deities of his own and corrupting the youth who took their time to listen to him. His guilt is…

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