Plato - Apology of Socrates

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Unabridged reading by Axel Grube
Playing time 1 hour 24 min.

Audio samples

 Audio sample: 2. Origin and danger of defamation
 Audio sample: 3.b Socrates the educator / refutation / The true task and wisdom of Socrates
 Audio sample: 4.a The oracle of the wisdom of Socrates
 Audio sample: 4.b Examination of the oracle to the statesmen
 Audio sample: 4.c Examination of the oracle on the poets

The APOLOGY is the literary reproduction and design of Socrates' defense speech before the Athenian court in 399 BC by the philosophical writer Plato. The elderly Socrates, whose pupil Plato was, is accused before the "People's Court" of the Athenian polis, a selection of 500 citizens, the Asebie, the blasphemy and seduction of the youth of Athens. If convicted, he faces the death penalty in the form of administration of a poisonous drink, a hemlock cup, which is privileged for him as an Athenian citizen. Socrates argues in his defense that the real reason for the indictment by the influential politicians Anytos, Meletos and Lykon is that he always emphasized his knowledge of ignorance in his conversations and that this ignorance opposed to those who always believed themselves to be wise or knowing, and so stood by made his fellow citizens hateful. Except for a few brief replies from Anytos, the APOLOGY, in contrast to the other Platonic dialogues, consists largely of a monologue, the speech of Socrates. Plato was present in Athens on the day of judgment. Opinions differ on the question of how far the APOLOGY rendering of events or the poetry of Plato is. Socrates' reflections on death towards the end of his lecture and the description of his calm mood in dying have certainly contributed to the unparalleled tradition of the market philosopher and Maieuticist, who himself did not write any writing during his life.

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