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Plato's The Apology

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"How you have felt, O men of Athens, at hearing the speeches of my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that their persuasive words almost made me forget who I was – such was the effect of them; and yet they have hardly spoken a word of truth.” – Plato “The Apology”
In “The Apology,” Socrates represents himself in his own trial. He boldly questions the morality of the people of court. In this report, I will be analyzing portions of “The Apology” in order to reveal the intellectuality of this text within this time frame. I will only discuss bits of “The Apology“ on account that it is a lengthy piece. However, before discussing the speech it is important to set the scene. Socrates was born in 469 B.C.E. and lived to 399 B.C.E. (Nails, 2014). What we do know about him is second-hand knowledge, or recounts from his former students, Plato and Xenophon (“Plato and Socrates”). Nevertheless, his legacy has influenced philosophy and continues to do so.
Socrates was an Athenian man who, according to Kishlansky, was a solider in the Peloponnesian War (56).The Peloponnesian war lasted for 27 years (431 B.C.E. to 404 B.C.E)and the two opposing sides were the Athenians and the Spartans (“Peloponnesian War”). For a better picture of where the Athenians and Spartans were at this time, Peloponnesus is a peninsula in southern Greece that is linked to the rest of mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth (93). This is where Sparta thrived and also where Olympia was located (93). To the northeast of Peloponnesus peninsula is the Attic peninsula were the Athenians lived (93). Historians are unsure as to how long Socrates served in the war but as we can tell by the dates provided this Socrates execution was about 5 years after the war ended.
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