The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Setting & Symbolism

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Athens

Athens (where Socrates lived and worked, and where he was charged, tried and condemned) is one of the most ancient and the most historically significant communities in the classical world. According to legend, it was named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, and over the centuries developed according to her inspiration - it was the home of the first democracy, several of the earliest and most influential philosophers and dramatists, and a powerful military centre.

The Porch of the King Archon

The setting of the first dialogue ("Euthyphro") is what would be called the law courts in contemporary society - Athenian citizens (like Meletus and Euthyphro) come here to seek justice for their various legal claims - or, in the case of Socrates, to defend himself against such claims.

The Oracle at Delphi

In Ancient Greece, Delphi was the place where an oracle (a...

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