The Apology Of Plato 's The Iliad

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“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These famous words, spoken by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his first inaugural address, have famously resonated throughout history, and although they were said nearly 2000 years after the events of Plato’s The Apology, they perfectly correspond with what is perhaps the most noteworthy moment of the Plato’s text. The Apology is Plato’s recounting of Socrates’ trial, in which he faced charges of corrupting the youth, and believing in Gods different than the Gods of the state of Athens. In the trial, Socrates makes his argument as to why he should be found innocent of all the charges placed upon him. One of the most interesting arguments that Socrates makes in his defense is comparing himself to Achilles, the great Greek warrior from Homer’s The Iliad. He makes this comparison multiple times in his argument, and although it may seem like Socratic irony for the short, fat, philosopher to compare himself to a great Warrior, Socrates is completely serious in his comparison. He used a comparison between himself and Achilles as an analogy to represent his immense motivation to Philosophy. Achilles, living in an honor culture, was willing to die over what he believed was right, and Socrates was no different in that regard. After his service in war, Socrates dedicated his life to pursuing the many truths of the world. His reputation as a philosopher grew, and he soon discovered the Oracle of

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