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The Apology Platos The Apology is a first-hand account of Socrates defense in the city of Athens trial against him He has been brought forth for charges of atheism not recognizing the gods of the state believing in other gods and finally corrupting the youth of Athens with his teachings Athens at the time was in the midst of an extremely unstable political state and Socrates ideas and teachings were believed to be a threat to its security Socrates defends himself eloquently and never defies his values even in the face of the death His method of defense is extremely brave and unorthodox There has been much discussion concerning the title of this work The word apology is known today as an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret guilt or fault Merriam-Webster This definition however does not accurately depict Socrates speech A perfect example of this modern definition can be found in the speech that President Bill Clinton d elivered following the admission of his sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky By analyzing President Clintons speech one can easily conclude that the method Socrates uses to defend himself is far from an apology by todays terms Socrates speech does not conform to the modern definition of an apology but rather conforms to the transliteration of the Greek word apologia meaning a defense that implies no admission of guilt Merriam-Webster These are two very different concepts because an apology includes an admission of guilt and regret while an apologia does not An apologia also includes an attempt of justification which is clearly what Socrates is trying to accomplish in his speech He obviously is not admitting any fault which he clearly shows when he responds to his charges by saying Not one of them is true Plato 19d-e This definitive line alone proves that his speech is not an apology by todays terms Socrates clearly does not apologize for anything throughout the
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