Socrates: Undermining Athenian Democracy
carrying a list, a list he claimed, he obtained from the Library of Athens.
“This list that I hold here, has the names of men who have studied the works of Socrates and therefore must be taken into custody, and into trial.” A councillor took the list from Demetrius and examined it, and called the guard captain forth once more. “Captain, the men on this list are to be questioned, the Boule needs you to bring them forth.” The captain then took his guards and left the Agora to find the men on the list. “Now, to you young men here,” the councillor said, referring to the young men that had been apprehended with Socrates, “You now stand accused of aiding in the corruption of the Athenian youth, as well as atheism. Now, you may be able to avoid execution by admitting your wrongs and telling us of any other corruptors, er, students of Socrates.” Several of the young men, not wanting to die for merely thinking, gave names, names of those, as it was to be found, that had done them wrong in the past.
Peristrato was now brought forward by the ever angrier assembly where he spat at the councilors in defiance. He said, “All of the men that stand here accused have done nothing wrong, and have only spoken about the truth. In troubled times like these, you petty councillors sit and squabble and look for a scapegoat to drive the people 's attention away from the real problems in our blessed city. You doubt the power and stability of our democracy yourselves, but you do not say…