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NOT GUILTY Socrates is a good man He has spoken truthfully and in a straight forward manner This is a man who not only has made his first appearance in court but is seventy years of age is unfamiliar with court dialect and still has made himself a very strong defence Unfortunately Socrates has already been condemned by his previous more formidable accusers those men who have told all of you at your most impressionable age There is a clever man called Socrates who has theories about the heavens and has investigated everything below the earth and can make the weaker argument defeat the stronger At this time there was nobody to defend him and understandably you all believed what you were told but now you are grown men Do not accept all that you are told anymore He has such belief that he is not wise or great that when the oracle of Apollo told him that there was no one wiser than himself he did not take advantage of it He set off in hope of finding someone wiser than himself In his dismay all he found was disappointment all the men thought to be wise were in reality fooling others as well as themselves It might even be thought that these charges have been brought against him for proving that these men really are not wise the poets that Meletus represents the craftsmen and politicians that Anytus stands for and the orators that Lycon is here on behalf of The young men from wealthy households attached themselves so closely to him not because of his wisdom or that he was their philosopher and mentor they imitated him because they enjoyed watch people being cross-questioned and being able to think in the same way and do the same their victims were then annoyed not at these men but and the man they were imitating but Socrates did not teach them how to
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