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Athens vs. Socrates: Why the Jury Acted Justly As citizens of Athens it is without question that the jury and I have acted justly in convicting Socrates. The decision to sentence Socrates to the death penalty was coerced by his lack of respect for the court and the charges brought before him. The ultimate factor in our ruling was that we believe that in this critical time in our city’s reconstruction, a person such as Socrates is a bad example to the youth of Athens, and therefore he is a threat to our city’s prosperity. It is known that he has a following of young men. Socrates self proclaimed divine obligation that he holds above the laws of Athens, could give others an excuse to disobey our laws, and this is why Socrates must be dealt with appropriately. His conduct in court did little to dispel any of our preconceived notions about him and only made his situation worse for himself by showing us that he has no remorse for his actions and nor does he feel that he has done any wrongdoing. Socrates was accused of serious crimes that were put in place to protect Athens and he failed to defend himself. The formal charges brought against Socrates accuse him of corrupting the minds of the youth and possessing a belief in supernatural things of his own invention instead of the gods recognized by the state (Plato, Apology, 48). He is said to corrupt the minds of the youth by instilling in them a will of criticism. His accuser’s believe that he teaches people to disbelieve in the gods and that he is able to make the weaker reason seem the stronger through argument. All of the charges against Socrates rest on the argument that he breeds disobedience among the youth of Athens. 1
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Socrates begins his defense speech by focusing not on the charges brought before him, but rather on the reasons for his unpopularity. He says that his current accusers were given false impressions about him from Socrates’ older opponents. He claims that all of these prejudices are false. He then claims that the oracle of Apollo declared him the wisest of all men. Socrates believes that because he knows that there is much that he does not know, he is the wisest of all mankind. He believes that he is called by God to inform
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