Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
In 399 BC Socrates was prosecuted, convicted,
sentenced to death and executed. These events were the culmination of a long philosophical career, a career in which, without
writing a word, he established himself as the figure whom all philosophers of the next few generations wished to follow. The
Apologies (or Defence Speeches) by Plato and Xenophon are rival accounts of how, at his trial, Socrates defended himself and
his philosophy. This edition brings together both Apologies within a single volume. The commentary answers literary, linguistic
and philosophical questions in a way that is suitable for readers of all levels, helping teachers and students engage more
closely with the Greek texts. The introduction examines Socrates himself, the literature generated by his trial, Athenian
legal procedures, his guilt or innocence of the crimes for which he was executed, and the rivalry between Xenophon and Plato.
Introduction; ; ; Commentary.
Provides a student edition
of Plato and Xenophon's accounts of how Socrates, on trial for his life, defended himself and his philosophy.