Plato - The Apology of Socrates


The Apology of Socrates

by Plato

Published: 399 BC


The Apology of Socrates by Plato is the Socratic dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defence, which Socrates presented at his trial for impiety and corruption in 399 BC.


Specifically, The Apology is a defence against the charges of "corrupting the young" and "not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other diamonia that are novel" to Athens.


Among the primary sources about the trial and death of the philosopher Socrates (469–399 BC), The Apology is the dialogue that depicts the trial, and is one of four Socratic dialogues, along with Eythyphro, Phaedo and Crito, through which Plato details the final days of the philosopher Socrates.


Socrates was found guilty at the conclusion of his trial and sentenced to death.

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