The Trial of Socrates
The year is 399 B.C.E. in Ancient Greece. You, the jurors of Athens, have congregated to discuss the crimes of Socrates. Are Socrates’ teachings blasphemous, or revolutionary? Is he a man of the people, or a tyrant? Ultimately, is he guilty of morally corrupting the Athenian youth? And if so, how should he be punished? Or perhaps you think he should be rewarded—how so? How can you ensure that Socrates—and your fellow jurors—follow your decision, and how will this decision affect the people of Athens? The real-life Socrates chose suicide over the Athenians’ suggested exile. But was this the right choice? As scholars, politicians, critics, and philosophers, you will use ancient and modern principles to construct your own moral arguments and determine the fate of Socrates.
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