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406BC At the battle of Arginousai although the Athenians won some of their ships were sunk When the Peloponnesian fleet fled the remainder of the Athenian fleet left in pursuit leaving the Athenian survivors in the water Some managed to swim to shore most drowned and few bodies were recovered The 8 generals in command of the fleet were tried by the assembly of citizens in an unconstitional manner by law the generals should have been tried individually not collectively and the defendants should have had time to put their case which they did not The generals were collectively found guilty and as a result all were sentenced to death including Leon who had been one of the survivors in the water and thus was one of the victims whom this case was purporting to avenge Two were absent the remaining 6 were executed forthwith Sokrates happened to the president of the meeting on that day so was responsible for seeing that legal procedures were followed and failed so to do The people later regretted their actions and the men who pushed through these proposals were prosecuted and found guilty of perverting the constitution and were themselves executed Six years later Sokrates was prosecuted and executed on a charge of impiety and corrupting the young See Xen Hell 171-35 This occurred during the year that Socrates served on the Council having had his name drawn by lot Furthermore it happened during that one tenth of the year that his tribe presided over the Council putting him in a premier position of leadership as one of only fifty Prytanes The trial grew out of the aftermath of the Battle of Arginousai This naval battle occurred two years before the end of the Peloponnesian War in the waters between Lesbos and Asia Minor It was Athens last victory against Sparta Unfortunately a storm beset the victorious ships just as the battle was ending and in
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