Essay on The Trial of Socrates
The trial of Socrates is an excellent source of events during the period in which Socrates lived and died. Athens was a democratic city with much pride in their freedom. Especially their freedom of speech. Socrates was a political philosopher who did not agree with these freedoms provided by the Athenic democracy. However, it is his trial in which both the democracy of Athens and Socrates himself show their hypocrisy. It is this hypocrisy that makes the trial and death of Socrates quite ironic.
Athens, the city in which Socrates resided, was a free democratic city that was governed by all citizens in a fair democracy as seen in apology. It was said to be an association of free men with no single leader or …show more content…
Throughout the trial, Socrates acted as though he wanted to lose the case as far as I can understand. He went out of his way to antagonize the jury, making comments that associated himself with certain people and ideas that were offensive to the jury. He attacked the beliefs held by the jury, knowing that they held them dearly. He wanted to die. He wanted the death penalty.
The second part of the trial in Athens involved arguments over the penalty, which was also voted on by the jury. It is here that Socrates makes extreme suggestions in order to be sure that they voted for the death penalty. The jury had two choices for a penalty. One suggested by the prosecution and one given by the defense. Obviously the prosecution decided on the death penalty, while Socrates, according to the writings of Plato, originally made what could have been considered a “vulgar” suggestion. He wanted to be named a hero and be given free meals for the remainder of his life at the Prytaneum, the city hall and a place of honor. After changing his penalty once before, he eventually settled on a fine of 30 minas r, which would have been a reasonable option, had he not