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CLIP 11375

The trial and death of Socrates: escape or death? (audio)

The trial and death of Socrates: escape or death? (audio)

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Key Info
  • The trial and death of Socrates: escape or death? (audio)
  • Duration: 02:31
  • Josias tries to persuade Socrates to escape on the grounds that his death sentence is unjust. Socrates counter-argues that it would be unjust to deprive the Athenians of his execution. Josias cannot understand his argument, stating that the Athenian way is to strike back when struck. Socrates is prepared to sacrifice his life in order to prove his point. This is an audio extract from The trial and death of Socrates by Stephen Baczkiewicz.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies


    Literature and Poetry

  • Keywords: Socrates, Athens, Athenian, civic duty, religious duty, death, execution, death penalty, Ancient Greece, philosophy
Ideas for use in class
  • This would be useful for examining Socrates' justification of his behaviour in Athens. It could be used to prompt discussion of the rights and responsibilities of the individual within the Athenian polis and how far Socrates' choice of death could be seen as an expression of guilt or innocence, justice or injustice, acceptance of fate or continued defiance.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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