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7HCC - Historical Inquiry - A Significant Event: Socrates Trial

Socrates Trial

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As production has begun for "the Trial of Socrates", a graphic novel version, so has development of its main characters.  As a historical fiction story, developing the characters must follow their historical likeness as closely as possibly.  However, many of the references left behind are statues and busts, often glorified by Roman sculptors.  This is an interesting exploration of the research a graphic artist needs to conduct during his development of sketches. 

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The trial of Socrates

The apology of Socrates by Plato - Audio

More than two thousand years ago, the great Greek philosopher Socrates was condemned to death for making seditious comments against the city state of Athens. His followers and disciples were legion. Ranging from Xenophon, the mercenary warrior and historian of the Peloponnesian War to the scholarly Plato.

The Apology of Socrates by Plato was thought to have been written following Socrates trial and death in 399 BC. It is one of many such accounts of this infamous trial. It is only through the Apology that we are today able to learn more about this most venerable Greek philosopher, Socrates, as he left very little written work himself. As a teacher and mentor to hundreds of young students, his thoughts and ideas were conveyed mostly through oral teachings. His method of teaching was through a series of dialogues with his students and he never lectured to them.

In the Apology, Plato describes the trial in detail and also Socrates defense of his every word, deed and action. He describes how he was inspired to conduct his search for the truth by the Oracle at Delphi and the consequent discovery that there were no wise men in this city. He considered it his duty to awaken the conscience of those in power. 

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Socrates: Genius Of The Ancient World - Born in Athens during the birth of democracy in a tumultuous period of Greek history, Socrates would become the most vocal and charismatic thinker.



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Bowen, R & Ghiuselev, I 2014, Socrates : Greek philosopher, Mason Crest, Broomall, PA.

‘Socrates’ 2009, in Ancient History Encyclopaedia, accessed 20 May 2019, <>.

Socrates 2019. Britannica School. Retrieved 20 May 2019, from