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Essay heading: Why was Socrates found guilty? Was he fairly tried and condemned?
 
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Issue: Ancient
Written by: Craig Polley
Date added: July 1, 2009
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His daily ritual of questioning people and exposing their ignorance left the subject embarrassed and destroyed their reputation. The practice was understandably not appreciated, as Socrates acknowledges in his defense (“I incurred the resentment of the man himself and a number of others”). This resentment was only compounded when the youth who followed Socrates began to imitate his techniques and question their elders...
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This resentment was only compounded when the youth who followed Socrates began to imitate his techniques and question their elders. All of these factors left people angry and resentful of Socrates, and with the decline of Athens he was just the scapegoat they were looking for. His associations with Critias and Charmides would have made it easy for Socrates to be such a scapegoat, were it not for the amnesty declared following the Thirty Tyrants which did not allow him to be tried for such ties...
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