The First Martyr For Free Speech

The Death Of Socrates

“The trial and execution of of Socrates in Athens in 399 B.C.E. puzzles historians.  Why, in a society enjoying more freedom and democracy than any the world had ever seen, would a seventy-year-old philosopher be put to death for what he was teaching?  The puzzle is all the greater because Socrates had taught–without molestation–all of his adult life.  What could Socrates have said or done than prompted a jury of 500 Athenians to send him to his death just a few years before he would have died naturally?”…. <More>

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