The Last Days of Socrates

The Last Days of Socrates

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Plato, Translated by Hugh Tredennick, Translated by Harold Tarrant, Introduction by Harold Tarrant

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  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140449280
  • ISBN 13: 9780140449280
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: further reading, notes, index
  • Sales rank: 36,731

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The trial and condemnation of Socrates on charges of heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy, based on Socrates' manifesto for a life guided by self-responsibility. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while The Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher's life. In the Crito, while awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul.

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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Athenian Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and the prototype of all Western universities. Hugh Tredennick was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at London University. Harold Tarrant is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the Univesity of Sydney.

Table of contents

The Last Days of SocratesChronology Preface General Introduction Further Reading A Note on the Texts Euthyphro—Holiness Socrates in Confrontation Apology —Justice and Duty (i) Socrates Speaks at his Trial Crito —Justice and Duty (ii) Socrates in Prison Phaedo —Wisdom and the Soul Socrates about to Die Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedo Notes Index