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Apology (Tale Blazers: Greek Literature) Paperback – January 1, 2000
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The work purports to be Socrates' self-defense at his trial. It is historically priceless if so, as it gives his last public statements and some background about his life and the lead up to the trial. Even if not, it is of immense worth as a passionate, sound defense of individualism and free speech; its timeless evocation of these all-important concepts is forever associated with Socrates and the main reason he has been immortalized. The work also piercingly examines the often vast law/conscience gap and is thus an early higher law document. Finally, it is a sort of mini-dialogue in itself touching on and in several ways tying up classic Socrates/Plato themes like the nature of piety and goodness, responsibility toward the gods and the state, interpersonal relations, and life vs. death issues. It sums up Socrates and perhaps Plato better than any other work.
The ever-important translation issue must also be kept in mind. It goes without saying that anyone who cares about intellectual issues, especially applied ones, must know Plato, as should anyone who wants to be even basically well-read. However, this is far easier said than done for most; he is so different from what now passes for literature, to say nothing of pop culture, that he is virtually inaccessible to general readers. Yet the importance of persevering cannot be overemphasized; the payoff is well worth the effort.Read more ›
My advice is to skip the introduction because it gave me tired-head really quickly. If you like overly-academic, boring talk, go for it. If not, skip straight to the real-deal Plato.
The book is Plato's account of the trial of his teacher, Socrates. Socrates defends his life by appealing to the wisdom, truth, and righteousness of god. He has no fear of the verdict because he knows that to live is truth and to die is gain, thus, his life will either continue being great (if he lives) or just get better (if he dies).
This very short reading inspired me to seek God's truth in my life. It sparked me to regard my soul and to constantly concern myself with what is honorable and good. Socrates said to be "careless of wealth, family interests, military offices, speaking in the assembly, magistracies, plots, and parties." Instead, care about doing right.
Some gems from the reading:
"I am better off than he is (a "wise" politician), - for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know."
"God only is wise; and by his answer he intends to show that the wisdom of men is worth little or nothing."
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
"The difficulty, my friends, is not to avoid death but to avoid unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death."
"Men of Athens, I honor and love you, but I shall obey God rather than you."
"Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all."
"He who will fight for the right ... must have a private station and not a public one."
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