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Euthyphro, Socrates' Defense, Crito and the death scene from Phaedo are among The trial and death of the historical Socrates took place in BCE, when. The Trial and Death of Socrates 3rd Edition .. After years of being dissatisfied with different paperback editions of Plato, I finally stumbled across this Dover. eBook available for $ Click HERE for more information. The third edition of The Trial and Death of Socrates presents G. M. A. Grube's di.

At the beginning of the Phaedo, Echecrates asks why Socrates died so long after being sentenced to death 58a5. Close attention to the relationship between the mythical subtext and the actions reported in the dialogue reveals that Socrates is both Theseus and Minotaur, though considered from different points of view.

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The Phaedo is a dramatisation of a conversation between two philosophers, Phaedo and Echecrates. Phaedo says that he was himself present 57a4. Echecrates next asks him to recount how Socrates died and what he said before he died 57a Echecrates says that they had heard a report; but he is moved to ask why Socrates died so long afterwards 58a Echecrates again repeats his request that Phaedo give an account of what Socrates said and did before he died, but now adds a further question about the identity of those who were with him until the last 58c Phaedo answers with a description of how he and the others present were affected by witnessing the death of a friend 58eb1.

This seems incorrect. Aristippus and Cleombrotus were said to be in Aegina 59c4.

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I shall refer to the world portrayed in the myth as the spiritual world. This sequence of actions and events can be understood from the perspective of Socrates or Athens as agent. When considered from this dual perspective it becomes evident that the dialogue alludes to or presents at least three different re-enactments of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

The execution is said to be carried out on the day after the Athenian delegation returned from Delos 59e; cf.

Hence the dialogue explicitly connects the trial and execution of Socrates to some central events in the Athenian liturgical calendar.

The embassy is then a ritualistic recreation of the original myth. The wreathing of the ship by the priest 58c which inaugurated the mission to Delos was the culmination of a festival of Apollo called the Delphinia. H W Parke explains: On the 6th of Munichion there was a procession of the maidens of Athens to the Delphinion, the shrine on the bank of the Illisos near the Olympeion, where both Apollo and Artemis were worshipped. The girls went to make supplication and so carried boughs of the sacred Athenian olive bound with white wool.

Plutarch explains: Now Theseus, in his return from Crete, put in at Delos, and having sacrificed to the god of the island, dedicated to the temple the image of [Aphrodite] which Ariadne had given him, and danced with the young Athenians a dance that, in memory of him, they say is still preserved among the inhabitants of Delos, consisting in certain measured turnings and returnings, imitative of the windings and twistings of the labyrinth This reasoning is elaborated by White ff.

On the next day, the 7th of Mounichion, the Athenians initiated two chains of action: they set sail for Delos; they put Socrates on trial, convicted him, and sentenced him to death. Socrates was put on trial because he was considered a danger to the city. He was accused of, and ultimately convicted on, charges of destroying the young men Ap.

They fought for their young people by bringing Socrates to trial, convicting him and sentencing him to death. Thereafter they incarcerated him for thirty days. The Cretan labyrinth was, of course, a prison house.

The trial of Socrates can be understood as an Athenian confrontation with a new Minotaur. Phaedo indicates the numerical correspondence very precisely Among the local people there was Apollodorus, whom I mentioned, Critobulus and his father, also Hermogenes, Epigenes, Aeschines 11 See note 8.

See Ap. Ctesippus of Paeania was there, Menexenus and some others. Plato, I believe, was ill. Were there some foreigners present? What about Aristippus and Cleombrotus? Were they there? They were said to be in Aegina. Was there anyone else? I think these were about all. He then mentions two further Athenians, Menexenus and Ctessippus. As if to emphasise the count, Plato has Phaedo mention that he, Plato, was not in attendence 59b Echecrates next asks whether any foreigners were present.

Phaedo enumerates five. Again, as if to highlight the point, Plato has Echecrates ask whether Aristippus and Cleombrotus were there, to which Phaedo answers in the negative. Socrates is surrounded by fourteen youths: twice seven. There are nine Athenians, and five foreigners, thereby matching exactly the nine young men and five young women who accompanied Theseus to Crete.

In the execution scene of the primary narrative, Phaedo pictures Socrates looking up like a bull b5. Hence he depicts a man with a bull head, that is, a Minotaur.

In summary, I have argued that the Athenians play out the actions of the original Theseus myth in two different ways. They self-consciously re-create 14 Although Phaedo adds at 59b that other local people were present, this does not undermine the precise numerical correspondence of named individuals. See Plutarch, Thes. It is noteworthy that Phaedo does not include himself in the number of those present. And they also carry out another series of actions which does not self-consciously imitate Theseus but merely, as it were, unconsciously repeats the actions of the original myth.

But the Athenians are not the only ones re- enacting an old myth. For Socrates is doing the same, albeit in a quite different way. But from a Platonic perspective of Socrates as agent, the situation is rather different. From this point view, Socrates is not the Minotaur, but Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur, and liberator of the fourteen. In the original myth, the young Athenians are trapped in the labyrinth and killed by the Minotaur.

In the Socratic version, the labyrinth, a prison house, is the body. The most likely candidate for the identity of the Minotaur is the fear of death 77e. Learn More. Last edited by ImportBot. March 9, History. Add another edition? The trial and death of Socrates Plato. The trial and death of Socrates Close.

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Readers waiting for this title: In the Theaetetus, Socrates explains that he is himself barren of theories, but knows how to bring the theories of others to birth and determine whether they are worthy or mere "wind eggs" anemiaion. Perhaps sig Virtueall virtueis knowledge.

To judge this, the midwife must have experience and knowledge of what she is judging. No one errs or does wrong willingly or knowingly.

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Socrates considered virtuousness to require or consist of phronsis, thought, sense, judgement, practical wisdom, [and] prudence. This assertion seems to be associated with the word ertan, which means to ask questions. Therefore, Socrates is claiming to know about the art of love, insofar as he knows how to ask questions. On the one hand, he drew a clear line between human ignorance and ideal knowledge; on the other, Platos Symposium Diotimas Speech and Republic Allegory of the Cave describe a method for ascending to wisdom.

In Platos Theaetetus a , Socrates compares his treatment of the young people who come to him for philosophical advice to the way midwives treat their patients, and the way matrimonial matchmakers act.

In any case, it is clear Socrates thought the rule of the Thirty Tyrants was also objectionable; when called before them to assist in the arrest of a fellow Athenian, Socrates refused and narrowly escaped death before the Tyrants were overthrown. He did, however, fulll his duty to serve as Prytanis when a trial of a group of Generals who presided over a disastrous naval campaign were judged; even then, he maintained an uncompromising attitude, being one of those who refused to proceed in a manner not supported by the laws, despite intense pressure.

These virtues repre- of the Thirty Tyrants less legitimate than the Democratic Senate that sentenced him to death.

Socrates stressed that "the unexamined life is themes emphasized in the play Socrates on Trial by not worth living [and] ethical virtue is the only thing that Andrew David Irvine. Irvine argues that it was because matters. As Irvine puts it, During a time of war and great social and 3. As a It is argued that Socrates believed ideals belong in a result, he is remembered today, not only for his sharp wit world only the wise man can understand,[82] making the and high ethical standards, but also for his loyalty to the philosopher the only type of person suitable to govern view that in a democracy the best way for a man to serve others.

In Platos dialogue the Republic, Socrates openly himself, his friends, and his cityeven during times of objected to the democracy that ran Athens during his waris by being loyal to, and by speaking publicly about, adult life. It was not only Athenian democracy: Socrates the truth. It is, 3. During the last years of In the Dialogues of Plato, though Socrates sometimes Socrates life, Athens was in continual ux due to polit- seems to support a mystical side, discussing reincarnation ical upheaval.


Democracy was at last overthrown by a and the mystery religions, this is generally attributed to junta known as the Thirty Tyrants, led by Platos rela- Plato. The Tyrants ruled for about a year before the ences between the views of Plato and Socrates; in addiAthenian democracy was reinstated, at which point it de- tion, there seem to be some corollaries in the works of clared an amnesty for all recent events. In the culmination of the philosophic path as Socrates opposition to democracy is often denied, and the question is one of the biggest philosophical debates when trying to determine exactly what Socrates believed.

The strongest argument of those who claim Socrates did not actually believe in the idea of philosopher kings is that the view is expressed no earlier than Platos Republic, which is widely considered one of Platos Middle dialogues and not representative of the historical Socrates views. Furthermore, according to Platos Apology of Socrates, an early dialogue, Socrates refused to pursue conventional politics; he often stated he could not look into others matters or tell people how to live their lives when he did not yet understand how to live his own.

He believed he was a philosopher engaged in the pursuit of Truth, and did not claim to know it fully. Socrates acceptance of his death sentence after his conviction can also be seen to support this view. It is often claimed much discussed in Platos Symposium, one comes to the Sea of Beauty or to the sight of the beautiful itself C ; only then can one become wise.

In the Symposium, Socrates credits his speech on the philosophic path to his teacher, the priestess Diotima, who is not even sure if Socrates is capable of reaching the highest mysteries. In the Meno, he refers to the Eleusinian Mysteries, telling Meno he would understand Socrates answers better if only he could stay for the initiations next week.

Further confusions result from the nature of these sources, insofar as the Platonic Dialogues are arguably the work of an artistphilosopher, whose meaning does not volunteer itself to the passive reader nor again the lifelong scholar.

According to Olympiodorus the Younger in his Life of Plato,[86] Plato himself received instruction from the writers of tragedy before taking up the study of philosophy. His works are, indeed, dialogues; Platos choice of this, the medium of Sophocles, Euripides, and the ctions of theatre, may reect the ever-interpretable nature of his writings, as he has been called a dramatist of reason.

What is more, the rst word of nearly all Platos works is a signicant term for that respective dialogue, and is used with its many connotations in mind. Finally, the Phaedrus and the Symposium each allude to Socrates coy delivery of philosophic truths in conversation; the Socrates of the Phaedrus goes so far as to demand such dissembling and mystery in all writing.

These indirect methods may fail to satisfy some readers. Aristotle refers frequently, but in passing, to Socrates in his writings. Almost all of Platos works center on Socrates. However, Platos later works appear to be more his own philosophy put into the mouth of his mentor.

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Main article: Socratic dialogue The Socratic Dialogues are a series of dialogues written by Plato and Xenophon in the form of discussions between Socrates and other persons of his time, or as discussions between Socrates followers over his concepts. Perhaps the most interesting facet of this is Socrates rePlatos Phaedo is an example of this latter category.The Socratic method is a negative method of hypothesis elimination, in that better hypotheses are found by steadily identifying and eliminating those that lead to contradictions.

Hadot writes that in Platos view, every dialectical exercise, precisely because it is an exercise of pure thought, subject to the demands of the Logos, turns the soul away from the sensible world, and allows it to convert itself towards the Good.

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