“The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways. I go to die – and you to live. Which is better, God only knows.”
Trial defence speech, Apologia (The Apology of Socrates) by Plato, Athens, Greece, 399 bc
Socrates (born in approximately 469 bc) was a Greek philosopher and is credited as one of the founders of western philosophy – surprising, perhaps, given that he left no written records. He is an enigmatic figure known only through other people’s accounts of him, mostly those of Plato (Socrates’ pupil). It is through Plato’s writing that we have such a strong impression of the man.
Socrates was born in Athens and fought in the Peloponnesian War with Sparta, but in later years became a believer in the power of peace, non-violence, ...