Great Dialogues - Crito Summary & Analysis

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Crito Summary

Socrates is awoken by Crito, who is apparently a wealthy disciple of his. Socrates is imprisoned and set to be executed when a certain boat arrives in town and Crito tells him that the boat is expected today, but Socrates, on the basis of a prophetic dream, believes it will not come until tomorrow. Crito urges Socrates to escape from prison and promises to use his wealth and influence to help him do so. When Socrates resists, Crito points out that it will reflect poorly on himself and his friends because people will think that they did nothing to help Socrates. Socrates rebuffs Crito for caring about the opinion of the masses, noting that even though he is being executed on account of their opinions, they cannot do the worst thing to man, namely, make him unwise and unvirtuous.

After Crito continues to plead with Socrates, Socrates...

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