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Socrates Accepts His Fate Socrates was condemned to death for corrupting the youth of Athens One of his students Crito visited Socrates in prison and tried to convince him to escape Socrates refused warranting that laws are meant to be obeyed Socrates argued by stating that without the laws he would not be the man he was In other words the laws had a sort of parental authority over him He also stated that he had entered into an implied contract with the city-state of Athens Finally Socrates argued that he would be better off to stay in prison as he would not easily find happiness elsewhere in Greece Socrates decided that he must accept his punishment and not try to escape from prison The first argument that Socrates should accept his punishment is the claim that the laws of Athens have a parental authority over all of the citys inhabitants Without the laws Socrates would not be the man he was He would not have been born In the first place did we not bring you into existence Your father married your mother by our aid and begat you Plato qtd in Rottenberg 633-634 Through the laws Socrates was brought up and trained to be prepared for life in Greece Were not the laws which have the charge of education right in commanding your father to train you in music and gymnastics Plato qtd in Rottenberg 634 Continuing this argument Socrates establishes that the laws of Athens do indeed have a parental authority over the citizens Well then since you were brought into the world and nurtured and educated by us can you deny in the first place that you are our child and slave as your fathers were before you Plato qtd in Rottenberg 634 If Socrates were to attempt escape he would be committing an act as sinister as assaulting his own father Would you have any right to strike or revile
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