The Trial and Death of Socrates

The Trial and Death of Socrates

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The classical Athenian philosopher Socrates was tried in 399 BCE on the basis of two notoriously ambiguous charges: corrupting the youth and impiety (in Greek, asebeia). A majority of the 501 dikasts (Athenian citizen-jurors) voted to convict him. Socrates was ultimately sentenced to death by drinking a hemlock-based liquid. This well-known account of the trial is by Plato, one of Socrates' students and a famous philosopher in his own right. Whether Socrates was punished unjustly is a contested issue which to this day inspires discussions about the nature and meaning of justice.

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.38mm | 276.69g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • 1452877998
  • 9781452877990

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