Socrates The Apology Analysis

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Socrates, an Athenian philosopher of Ancient Greece, a man of great wisdom and knowledge, was put to death at trial, by the accusation of impiety, and corrupting the youths of society. “The Apology” written by Plato, the Defence of Socrates as it would sound, gives us an overview of what happened at the trial. Socrates had a few accusations up against him and they weren 't that simple to defend against, but that did not stop him, he came prepared and knew what he was in for, that gave him the upper hand and he was able to successfully and flawlessly defend against any accusation and statement that the accusers sent out against him. The main Accuser was Melytus, he was supported by most of the assembly and his two compatriots Anytus and Lycon.…show more content…
Forcing them to think differently, to question things, pushing his strange ideas upon them. This was the considered to be the main reason for his trial, but in truth the assembly just wanted to rid society of Socrates, he was considered a threat for Athenes. Thanks to his ideals, the youths of Athens realised how Athenian democracy was lacking and how weak it was. Socrates’s words “ To start of the trial, Socrates went on to say that he will deal with one accusation at a time, and immediately he pointed out one of the accusations, “be careful not to be deceived by an accomplished speaker like me” (The Apology. Plato. Pp3 17b.). Socrates was well versed in rhetoric, and he admits to that, but heads on to say that he speaks the truth, and if a man who speaks the truth deceives people because he is an accomplished speaker makes no sense, therefore their accusation makes no sense. After taking down the warning that the accusers have given the jury, he tackles the first accusation, that he is guilty of studying things in the sky and below the earth, and that he is able to make the weaker argument into the stronger one, and spreads this knowledge among society. In regards to this accusation, Socrates refers to the jury and assembly convincing them that he does not do so, this is shown in a play

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