Throughout his entire life, to the moment he died, he did his best to help the people around him. He wanted them to think and make correct moral decisions. “Athens, one of the world’s earliest democracies, raised Socrates, educated him and finally sentenced him to death, having found him guilty of reli... ... middle of paper ... ...the youth of Athens and not properly venerating the gods of Athens. His trail and death not only set examples for those who lived 2,400 years ago, but also those who live in the present. He is an important figure in history.
Even when Athens turned against him, he still had a deep love for it, by carrying out his sentence of death, believing he had done a favor for Athens by removing the sickness. Socrates was a visionary of a greater Athens, but was quietly targeted and gun down by those who found fault in him. At the end of Socrates' life, he was not honorably discharged, nor did he receive a corona civica for his attempt in changing Athens for the better, but was condemned to death for stepping out of line, marching in plain site.
Socrates is against the act of suicide. When reading Phaedo, it makes sense to assume that when Socrates does drink the poison, he undermines almost everything he says because he kills himself a few hours before he needs to, and during the hours before his death, he says multiple times and in multiple ways that killing oneself is wrong. When one looks at Socrates death as an act of martyrdom, he does not undermine what he said. In fact, he exemplifies everything he said by drinking the poison early. Socrates is a martyr because a martyr is defined as someone who takes his or her own life for the sake of someone else.
Michelangelo's relationship with the Pope became a vicious cycle(Liebert 152). Michelangelo was one of the most recognized artists of the Italian Renaissance. He was a great sculptor, painter, writer, and poet. He was a true Renaissance man. One of his best works was the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
After a short time period Plato abandoned the Oligarchy due to the barbaric acts of fellow troops. In 403 BC, Plato pursued his original objective to pursue a career in politics like his father would have wanted for him. Not long after Plato developed a more personable relationship with Socrates, Socrates was executed. Following the death of Socrates he began following the friends of Socrates traveling to Megara, Cyrene, and Egypt (school). Many philosophers believe that Socrates, Plato’s mentor, was also the individual that convinced him to pursue other career goals outside of politics to focus on wr... ... middle of paper ... ... other areas that were principally significant to his followers such as; the philosophy of mathematics, politics, religion, atheism and Priori knowledge (Realism) (school).
Some of those can include being the first martyr to die for his philosophical beliefs and having the courage to challenge indoctrinated cultural norms is part of what made Socrates exceptional. His refusal to compromise his intellectual integrity in the face of a death sentence has set an example for the entire world to follow. It is these concepts in combination that contribute to the tragedy in the trail and death of Socrates. Although, the trial and death of Socrates has many components that are thought provoking and important to the tale of Socrates, it is the apology that is my own favorite in capturing Plato’s true character and therefore the impending paper is mainly evaluating the events and occurrences of that particular section of the trial and death of Socrates. Having read and analyzed “the trial and death’ of Socrates, it is apparent that Socrates was an exceptional man with an equally unique and exceptional mind.
The court ultimately voted against Socrates’ judgement, and gave him the death penalty. Socrates took it in stride, however, because he was willing to die for something that he believed in. Before he is led to jail, Socrates gives a speech to his accusers and those who voted for his death. He tells of his misfortune in being outrun by
He believed that his calling was to pursue philosophy and that he could serve his country by teaching, and persuading the Athenians to learn self-examination and nurturing of their souls. Socrates had a belief that the every... ... middle of paper ... ...r to be the better reason. Socrates was condemned to die even though a small majority carried the vote. He made an ironic counter proposition to the court, proposing only to pay a small find because of his value to the state as a philosopher. The jury was so angered by his offer that they voted by an increased majority for the death penalty.
This standpoint emphasizes and underlines obedience. The people before Socrates are considered influential Athenians. These wrong doings Socrate is accused of includes not recognizing the gods, inventing new gods, and corrupting the youth of Athens. During the trial of Socrates, the court addresses issues such as his views on death. Socrates proposed that death was ultimately a good thing.
Socrates was accused at the end of his life of impiety and corruption of youth. Rumors, prejudices, and questions flew about the town. Plato experienced this situation when Socrates, his teacher and friend, accepted the ruling of death from an Athenian court. In The Last Days of Socrates, Plato uses Socrates’ own voice to explain the reasons that Socrates, though innocent in Plato’s view, was convicted and why Socrates did not escape his punishment as offered by the court. The writings, “Euthyphro,” “The Apology,” “Crito,” and “Pheado” not only helped the general population of Athens and the friends and followers of Socrates understand his death, but also showed Socrates in the best possible light.