The Last Days of Socrates

The Last Days of Socrates

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'Nothing can harm a good man either in life or after death'

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 of 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 against him. In the Crito, 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.

Translated by HUGH TREDENNICK and HAROLD TARRANT with an Introduction and notes by HAROLD TARRANT
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • further reading, notes, index
  • 0140449280
  • 9780140449280
  • 24,558

Table of contents

The Last Days of SocratesChronology
General Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

Socrates in Confrontation


—Justice and Duty (i)
Socrates Speaks at his Trial


—Justice and Duty (ii)
Socrates in Prison


—Wisdom and the Soul
Socrates about to Die

Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedo

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About Plato

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.
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