The Apology was written by Plato and published around 399 BCE, shortly after the trial and death of Socrates, and is believed to be based on notes taken by Plato during the trial. In The Apology, Plato presents us with Socrates as he coolly and steadfastly defends his way of life as unassailably just. The dialogue is less concerned with asserting specific philosophical doctrines than it is with creating a portrait of the ideal philosopher.


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