Even though it was written in 360 BCE, decades after Socrates' death in 399 BCE, in Phaedo, Plato gives us a moving account of his final hours. It is told from the perspective of Phaedo of Elis, who unlike Plato, was present. This philosophically dense dialouge contains an extended discussion of the Theory of Forms, four arguments for the immortality of the soul, and strong arguments in favor of the philosophical life. It also contains Plato's compelling myth about the fate of the soul after death.

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