Great Dialogues - The Apology Summary & Analysis

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The Apology Summary

Socrates is on trial, his accusers have spoken, and he must now make his defense. He notes that his accusers fall into two categories: those who have hated him for a long time and those who have only recently accused him Socrates relates that he has earned a lot of enemies as a result of a mission given to him, indirectly, by the god of Delphi. A friend of his asked the oracle at Delphi whether any man was wiser than Socrates, and the oracle said that there was none. This perplexed Socrates, because he believed that he had no wisdom and sought to verify or refute the oracle by finding men who were renowned for wisdom. However, each supposedly wise man he met actually turned out to not be wise at all, and therefore Socrates realized he was slightly wiser for not pretending to...

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