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The Trial and the Death of Socrates Audiobook

The Trial and the Death of Socrates

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The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

Tom Griffith presents these with scene-setting introductions to the historical situation in this new translation.

Translated by Tom Griffith.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©, (P)2001 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

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    Stevan 02-21-09
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    "Great Audio Book"

    This Was a great Audio book. The reader did an excellent job. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 06-20-12
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 06-20-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting - but........"

    I love that Audible gives me access to classic literature like this.

    The first part dealing with the trial is interesting but it is a bit frustrating that the details of the prosecution are absent.

    The third section, which deals with Socrates's "testament" (kind of) sounds like two blokes in a pub talking rubbish. I get the irony that this is me accusing Socrates of talking nonsense but the philosophy is so outdated that it just sounds like the sort of guff that I spout when I'm drunk. But these are Socratese words and without this audiobook I'd never have heard them. Well worth it.

    Recording is good and clear if a bit flat in tone.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JustBill 09-29-17
    JustBill 09-29-17
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    "Nearly Holy"

    As a Christian, besides the Bible I think this Aristotle knew God in mysterious manner. It moved me so very, very much and the commentary was beyond good. This book will never leave this device, as the Bible. Not one sentence without wisdom attached and Plato must be thanked in writing it for generations, and do not wait until 65 as did I.

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    Amazon Customer 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good at first, then boring"

    The first part of this story is great, when Socrates is speaking at his trial. Then, Socrates is very witty and grounded and stays on topic. There is a definite feeling of conflict, and yet Socrates manages to keep this very humble humorous tone, which at times is genuinely hilarious. But, after that, Socrates and his friends get into these obnoxious circular arguments that are so tedious, and which often relied on false equivalence or statements that seem ridiculous by modern standards. What really makes it unbearable though is that no one ever really says no to Socrates or really argues with him, so there's no conflict or tension to make it interesting, it's just hours of hearing Socrates make repetative statements while his friends go "Yes, Socrates, I suppose it must be so."

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    Megarian 11-15-14
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    "Griffith Translation of Apology and Phaedo"

    Plato's Apology and Phaedo are acknowledged as two of the most important works in the history of philosophy, so I am not going to bother talking about the content (see the other reviews). Instead, since Audible seldom identifies the translator or the edition from which the recordings are made (and if the reader wants to purchase the text to read along, sometimes it is difficult to find the correct edition), my contribution will be to provide this information.

    This excellent translation is by Tom Griffith. If one wants to read along, buy "Symposium and The Death of Socrates" (Classics of World Literature), Wordsworth Editions, 1998 (ISBN 978-1853264795). This print edition also includes the Symposium, Euthyphro, and Crito. Unfortunately it is not available on Kindle at this time.

    The translation is fair and accurate without being overly literal. The performance in the audiobook is outstanding. Highly recommended.

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