Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Socrates spoke himself at his trial in the fourth century BC..."

"In 399 BC, Socrates was made to die by drinking hemlock poison
after being convicted by a jury of hundreds of Athenians.

Unrepentant, he had insulted the judges at his trial
and cheekily asked to be rewarded for his actions.

...Socrates’ method of sceptical inquiry,
preserved by his disciple Plato and other ancient authors,
questioned conventional wisdom on sensitive notions of politics,
religion and morality and earned him powerful enemies.

He was branded an enemy of democracy,
accused of treason in favour of the Spartan enemy,
and of influencing a violent uprising against the Athenian republic
by a group of oligarchs that included some of his pupils."

...“An opinion is not a crime.

Socrates was searching for the truth."

Daniel Nicholas Chodowiecki

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