Apology of Socrates

Plato, Apology of Socrates: Socrates subjected his fellow Athenians to prolonged interrogation, bringing home to them how little they knew about what really matters, and goading them to live better. He enthralled some. He riled others so much that they put him on trial, and sentenced him to death. Plato was one of the enthralled. His Apology presents, in the guise of speeches from Socrates’ trial, the classic defence of philosophy, of the examined life that alone is worth living. [recommended by Nicholas Denyer, Trinity College, Cambridge]

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