The Apology Of Plato: What Was Socrates Saying?

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III. The Apology of Plato: what was Socrates saying?
A comparison and contrast of the rhetorical strategy of Socrates in FS 11, Plato’s Apology to the rhetorical strategy of the speaker in the Athenian law court speech you read for your report. Find all you can that is unconventional and counter conventional in what Socrates says.

What is perhaps most unconventional about this rhetoric style defense is that it is exactly that, a defense –not an apology. It does not mean an "apology" by our current, English understanding of the word. The name of the dialogue derives from the Greek "apologia," which translates to “defense”, or a speech made in defense. Plato’s The Apology accounts for Socrates’ defense at a trial which he is charged with not recognizing the Gods, therefore creating new deities and corrupting the minds of the youth in Athens. …show more content…

Pliny the Younger, the Roman governor of Bithynia et Pontus wrote a letter to Emperor Trajan around 112 AD and asked for counsel on dealing with Christians. The letter details an account of how Pliny conducted trials of suspected Christians who appeared before him as a result of anonymous accusations and asks for the Emperor 's guidance on how they should be treated

Saints Perpetua and Felicity are Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Vibia Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas is the prison diary of a young woman martyred in Carthage in 202 or 203 CE. The beginning and ending are related by a narrator; the central text contains the words of Perpetua herself. Felicitas, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the time, was martyred with her. They were put to death along with others at Carthage in the Roman province of

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