|The National Academy in Athens, with Apollo and Athena on their columns, and Socrates and Plato seated in front. The modern National Academy in Athens, with Apollo and Athena on their columns, and Socrates and Plato seated in front. Español: La Academia Nacional en Atenas, con Apolo y Atenea en sus columnas, y Sócrates y Platón sentados en frente. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Trial and death
- He believed such a flight would indicate a fear of death, which he believed no true philosopher has.
- If he fled Athens his teaching would fare no better in another country as he would continue questioning all he met and undoubtedly incur their displeasure.
- Having knowingly agreed to live under the city's laws, he implicitly subjected himself to the possibility of being accused of crimes by its citizens and judged guilty by its jury. To do otherwise would have caused him to break his "social contract" with the state, and so harm the state, an unprincipled act.