Socrates explains why he is unwilling to beg (34b 35b). He says that he is not being arrogant or disrespectful (34d o k a yadiz menow, OE ndrew Ayhna oi, o d m w tim zvn). He is responding to the post-trial charges. He explains that it would not contribute to their d ja or his if he begged, but would be disgraceful. He adds that he has no fear of death anyway, and that it would be immoral and irreligious to beg. He explains that the duty of the judge is to seek justice and truth, not to hand out judgments as though they were personal favors. And, as we have seen, he returns to this issue after the death sentence, explaining that he has been condemned not because of his inability to speak but because of his unwillingness to engage in lamentation and grief (38d). Here Plato acknowledges that there was no begging, but he defends Socrates: this was not arrogance on his part, but honorable behavior. In addition to not begging himself, Socrates refrained from bringing his
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