"The Apology of Socrates" and how It Relates to the Age Old "Golden Rule"
It is clearly evident in "The Apology of Socrates" that no true crime had been committed. As for the laws of Athens and the structure of their justice system, one could say that Socrates may have dabbled in a bit of treason, since those of whom he made a public mockery were those who were in positions of authority. But overall, it cannot be denied that Socrates suffered a great injustice, both by his conviction, and by the very act of standing trial. found guilty and by being put on trial in the first place. The true substance of the trial was never a criminal matter nor a strain on democracy. It was a challenge to an oppressive and ruling class, and Socrates became a symbol of true wisdom and knowledge, a symbol that needed to be disposed of for the elites to remain the power-holders in society.…
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