Essay on The Trial And The Death Of Socrates

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The trial and the death of Socrates is the building blocks of the western culture and philosophy. Despite the fact that this text is mostly focused on training yourself how to think and question your knowledge, it also has embedded the life of an ideal Greek male and ancient Greek society. Every word in the four dialogs takes you back to the ancient Athens where people did not have to worry about the economic crises. Instead, focused on fighting against people who questioned the knowledge of poets, politicians or anyone who considered themselves educated and possessed wisdom. Socrates, a Greek philosopher who spent his blossoming years teaching the young the importance of wisdom was punished with the death penalty. Through time, education and knowledge have been the unleathal weapons against life and its injustices. But what did education mean to an ideal Greek ancient male? They had to be the Leonardo Da Vinci of Athens but had to abstain from scientific explanation and questioning Gods services. In a developing civilization, the most needed skills were those of a leader, a spokesman, a politician. Young males were educated in politics, gymnastics, teaching and philosophy. But Socrates believed the reason behind education was not to expand your wealth but to perfect your soul. “Virtue does not come from wealth but that wealth and every other good thing which a man have whether in public or in private come from virtue.” ( Plato, 53). According to Socrates wisdom weights…

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