Philosophy & Ideas

The Other Trial of Socrates

The trial at which Socrates was sentenced to death is legendary. In 399 BC he was charged with believing in false gods and corrupting the young. After being found guilty, he was sentenced to death. Later, he was given the chance to escape. He refused, telling his friends that in a democracy we only have to do two things: obey the law and try to change it when it is wrong. Largely forgotten in the aftermath of Socrates’s execution is the fact that seven years earlier Socrates had been involved in another important trial. It was a trial in which…

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