Apology of Socrates

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Plato

Narrated By: Michael Scott

Publisher: Thought Audio

Date: January 2006

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

Summary:

The Apology of Socrates is one of the earliest existing documents of Greek philosophy - everything earlier was lost and is known only through quoted fragments in later works, like those of Plato himself. Rightly so, the Apology is still, all by itself, an excellent introduction to Western philosophy and traditionally the first complete text read in the formal study of Classical Greek.

Although the meaning has changed through time, the Greek word apologĂ­a simply and precisely meant a defense, or a defense speech. At the trial for his life in 399 BC, Socrates astonished his listeners by appearing, despite his vigorous "Defense Speech", to deliberately get himself found guilty and condemned to death. Plato, who's presence at the trial is mentioned twice in the Apology, provides us with the only witnessed recording of the trial proceedings and the historic Apology of Socrates

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  • John Beth

    This recording reminded me of why I chose philosophy as a major, and sorry that I later dropped out. I am pleased it is offered.

  • Michael Schlau

    Not the version recounted in plato's Five Dialogues: which is far superior given the further insights it provides into the cause for the initial indictment of Socrates. It is also superior in thanks to the inclusion of the speech made by Socrates after the first vote but before the second, thereby providing the cause of the disparity between the number of votes in his favor and against between the two sessions. This version is considerably heavier in defense of Socrates' devoutness to the gods. See the work "euthyphro" (sp?) appearing earlier in the "Five Dialogues" for insight into Socrates' "wisdom" concerning piety. It offers something of a conflict with the first speech made by Socrates in this audiobook.