Plato's Apology of Socrates (setting at trial 399 BC)
Who are the prosecutors and what are the motives that (Plato's) Socrates attributes to them?
What are the formal charges against him? What specific activities might this refer to?
Socrates conjures up his 'earlier accusers', among whom clearly we are to place Aristophanes' comedy Clouds. How did that early caricature give people the wrong idea?
Summarize Socrates' arguments in his own defense, on both counts of the indictment.
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Epilogue: Despite his friends’ urging him to escape into exile, Socrates remains determined to abide by the sentence against him. He argues that he has made a contract with the Laws that he has lived by: excerpt from Plato’s Crito.