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Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

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Really sad and painful but also empowering

The hour of departure has arrived… Socrates really had it all figured out. His court arguments were masterclass. Especially when he yells when interrupted.. I wish I had his 1% bravery.

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It resonates

I find it both fascinating and terrifying that a lot of my thought and idea exploration aligns with some of the great philosophers of our past... when Socrates says prophetic powers come when we are close to death, opens up a new pathway for the propagation of different thoughts and ideas, if I have thought and identical thought of Socrates or Plato then they were correct in stating that wisdom chooses the thinker, the thinker does not manifest wisdom on their own these people are the ones he would call out for being false... be wary of those who claim to know the ideas origin and end... because we all lack the vision to see such an infinite equation therefore we must be chosen to tap into that infinite wisdom and share it with one another for further exploration of thought and idea, and careful not to chastise or force the dichotomy of limited dualistic thinking

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Just amazing!!!!

Ray is wonderful. I truly enjoyed listenning to him to the delighted extent.
From the first audible of him I have since wished he has done all my favorite books.

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very good reader

the reader has brought Socrates to life, I find myself searching for this narrator because he does the very best socrates compared to all the others.

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great

great book very humorous in a sad way I loved it. Will we listen to it several times.

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splendid!

I would hope he could karate noire stories as it fit the theme. I enjoyed it very much and will listen again.

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The road to philosophy starts here

there's no place to begin with like the end.
As much as Socrates can be criticized for his ways and style, this speech will inspire even those who object him the most, for his words are true and sharp.
The speech is known as one of the text which are "pure Socrates" in the sense that Plato didn't edit much of his words. You can see his style both in the snarky and the logical states.
The Agora publication once again brought the text to life with great narrating and translating into today's language.

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There are better translations & performances...

There are better translations and performances of Plato's Apology -- i.e., Defense of Socrates -- out there...

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Wow! What a speech!

Socrates spoke with such conviction and deliberation. Listening to Plato’s apology really makes you think about how to live.

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one of my favorite classical text

good performance. good translation. one of the best works of classical philosophy ever. highly recommend

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  • 06-11-21

passionate performance by Ray childs

it made me sad, but I expect nothing less from the death of the Jesus Christ of philosophy