greatest of all evils. But do we not think that divinities are either gods or children of gods? I was especially surprised by this one in which they said you need to be on guard so that you will not be deceived by me, because I am a clever speaker. For you saw these also yourselves in the comedy of Aristophanes, a certain Socrates being carried about there, claiming to walk on air and babbling much other nonsense, about which I understand nothing, neither much nor little. For to be afraid of death, men, is nothing other than seeming to be wise when one is not; for it is seeming to know what one does not know. It would be terrible, and truly then someone might justly bring me into court, because I do not believe there are gods, disobeying the oracle and afraid of death and thinking myself wise when I am not.
Defense of Socrates
So if those of contemporary Heroes you who are supposed to be different, whether in wisdom or courage or any other virtue, did this it would be disgraceful; I have often seen some of these when on trial, who are thought to be someone, acting strangely,. Apology, it is the only written account dealing with the trial of Socrates extant. "Also the senators." But Meletus, do the members of the assembly corrupt the youth? Persia and back to, greece after the disastrous campaign of, cyrus the Younger. Thus if it must be proposed according to my just deserving, I propose this, food in the presidents' hall. What would any of you give to associate with Orpheus and Musaeus and Hesiod and Homer? "They also." So all Athenians, as it seems, make them fine and good, except me, but I alone corrupt them. This, Athenians, is both true and easily tested. Well, what alternative shall I propose to you, Athenian men? Becker and Charlotte. Out of these Meletus attacked me, also Anytus and Lycon, Meletus annoyed on behalf of the poets, Anytus on behalf of the artisans and politicians, and Lycon on behalf of the orators; so that, as I said at first, I should be surprised.
Defense of Socrates