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The Apology written by Socrates student Plato is a narrative of Socrates addressing the Athenss Court of Justice for which he states he is on trial for being an evil doer and a curious person who searches into things under the earth and in heaven and he makes the worse appear the better cause and he teaches the aforesaid doctrines to others Harwood 201 In another passage in the Apology Socrates states others accuse him of not believing in the gods of the state but in other divinities and of corrupting the youth The Apology begins with Socrates asking to be allowed to speak in his accustomed manner as he addresses the jury referred to as the Athenians He also asks the jury to answer the question whether what he says is just or not Cumming 22 He begins with replying to the older false accusations of his older accusers whom he felt have or will have more of an influence over the juries verdict Since Socrates is in his seventies most of the jury is younger than him The old accusers are the ones who educated the jury in their youth and by doing so Socrates feels they have biased the jury against him with their lies Socrates also feels that his later accuser Meletus a minor poet with fervent religious convictions relied on this prejudice when he brought his indictment Cumming 23 In his defense Socrates then refers to a comedy play Aristophanes in which he states he is falsely portrayed as a nature philosopher Although Socrates had been associated and was familiar with the nature philosophers school of thought as a youth he wants the jury to believe him when he says he never embraced this philosophy He also denies taking money to educate others in his philosophical thinking He then addresses questions which he feels are forming in the jurors minds But Socrates what is the trouble with you What has
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