THE TRIAL OF SOCRATES 3
The trial and the sentencing to death of Socrates has been regardedas of own will. Whereas Socrates regarded himself as the mostintelligent and wise person, he had no reason to mock and underratethe jury. As the counsel for Socrates, I would have advised Socratesto respect the jury and put forward facts to argue his case ratherthan try to affirm his actions of corrupting the youth and creatingnew deities. It is apparent that the judges were volunteers from thecommunity and this would have helped Socrates in arguing that thejudges had no qualifications to judge and sentence him (Plato etal, 2007).
It was apparent for Socrates to avoid showing how the jury wasignorant. It is also vital to avoid intimidating the judges in regardto your sentencing. In this case, the decision by Socrates to warnthe judges that would regret their decision was a key aspect in hissentencing. It is paramount to respect the court and abide by theirrules and regulations. During the time of his trial, Athens wasenjoying a great deal of freedom and democracy (Plato et al,2007). Therefore, as his counsel, I would advise him to argue on thebasis of the freedom of speech. In other words, Socrates would haveargued on the basis of democracy that allows him freedom of speech.
One of the Socrates’ accusers, Anytus, was a famous politician whoseemed to have a personal grouse against Socrates. Since Socrates wasagainst political hypocrisy, I would have advised him to point out tothe political angle of the case as opposed to the religious crimes hewas being accused of. It is also apparent that Socrates, who was abisexual, had a relationship with the politician’s son andtherefore his presence in the case could be interpreted as a form ofrevenge (Plato et al, 2007).
Plato, Grube, G. M. A., & Cooper, J. M. (2007). The trial anddeath of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, death scene fromPhaedo. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub