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In the Apology , written by his faithful student Plato, Socrates is the protagonist and the subject in question by the highest Athenian court for charges stemming from his accusers . Ironically, this account of the event is not a typical apology, as we understand today , but rather a defense by Socrates in an attempt to clear his name. He was an Athenian philosopher that attempted to seek the truth and spread his knowledge to the citizens no matter how harsh it appeared externally . The mission that he undertook to find a man wiser than himself only led to “incurring many hatreds , the sort that are harshest and gravest , so that many slanders [arose] from them” (Plato, 23a). As a result, his enemies and opponents sought to rid of the man that had become a thorn in their side . Socrates maintains his innocence throughout the trial and presents his defense as well as refuting the accusations by the old and the new accusers . As it is evident in the text, Socrates is ultimately found guilty and sentenced to death . However, the end result does not provide a direct reflection of the developments of the trial as the jury may have prematurely and incorrectly decided on the verdict . This analysis is an in-depth look into these charges and determines whether or not they provided an accurate portrayal of Socrates and his actions . Socrates distinguishes the two groups of accusers as the old and the new . The first accusers consisted of mostly poets , craftsmen, politicians, and orators who felt belittled by his inquiries , following the prophesy from the Oracle of Delphi, in order to find a human being wiser than himself . Using methods such as Socratic irony and the use of flattery to get people to talk to him , he would later berate their ineptness and their lack of 1
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knowledge . He found out that many of these men lacked the virtue and wisdom that would qualify them for their societal roles . In his view, these people captivated others through deception and trickery rather than through justice and truth
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