The Unjust Execution Of Socrates



In the vortex of life, many evils have transpired. Vices such as plagues,
unforeseen deaths, and corruptness. Among the tragic acts of malefic proportion
was the death of the Greek philosopher, Socrates. He tried to prove and
invalidate many theories through reasoning, and he was murdered for his beliefs.
His execution was not justified because the charges that were brought against
him were false and unfounded.

The first crime that Socrates was charged with was that of impiety. This
charge was invented primarily to discredit him and make him unpopular with the
citizens. The charge was that of not acknowledging the same gods that the state
believed in. Throughout the book, ...

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that he is not a teacher, however he was not at all happy with the analogy, but
took it as a compliment and used it in his defense. He used these accusations
to his advantage by saying that he never charged charged anyone for believing or
listening to them. The combination of these arguments should have cleared
Socrates of the charge of heresy.

The second charge brought against Socrates was that of corrupting minors.
Socrates battled this charge through the use of the same arguments. The
argument that he did not consider himself a teacher, the fact that he never
accepted any money for talking or listening to people, and the fact that he
believes in gods are what Socrates used to defend himself. By confronting the
accusation that he was corrupting the minors, Socrates tried to clear himself by
manipulating his arguments so that Meletus, Anytus, and Lycon (the men who
brought both charges against Socrates) had to answer questions about these
charges. When the ...

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