The accusation held by the prosecutors against Socrates is impiety (not believing in Athenian gods). ??especially now, when I am being tried for impiety on the indictment of Meletus.? From Socrates? enemies' point of view, he is guilty of impiety for not supporting the religious views found in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Socrates believes Homeric religion as improper. His accusers say that he is a natural scientist who only uses natural causes to explain things and he doesn?t deal with claims about supernatural beings. Although Socrates does not deny the existence of such gods, they accuse him of impiety for introducing new deities into the city that the city refuses to recognize.
Socrates is unlike the Pre-Socratic Philosophers in that he believes in truth and has a great desire for finding out the truth. ?And I swear to you, Athenians, by the dog I swear! …
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