Agenda Municipal / Theatre Apology of Socrates by Plato

Mon 27 Mar
Casa das Artes programme (Poética da Palavra)

Grand Auditorium | 21h30

Admission: 4 euros. Students, Cultural Quadrilateral Card and Seniors (65 years and over): 2 euros | Rating: M12 | Duration: 80 min

The Apology of Socrates is a work by Plato, a philosopher of ancient Greece, which presents a version of the speeches made by Socrates in 399 BC, during his trial. Plato, who was his friend, eternalised the words spoken by the Greek sage before and after he was condemned to death.
In this trial, brought by Meletus (a young poet of little renown), Lycon (a lacklustre orator) and Anytus (a wealthy leather-tanner and influential member of the democratic party), Socrates was brought before the court, formally accused of corrupting the youth and not accepting the gods recognised by the state, introducing and worshipping new divinities. The requested punishment: death.
According to the rules of the Heliaia (Supreme Court of ancient Athens), the trial began with the speech of the main accuser (Meletus) followed by the speeches of the two co-accusers (Anytus and Lycon). It is not known what they said to the judges; although Socrates mentions several times that, they had been persuasive and had told many lies... The Apology of Socrates, by Plato, begins exactly when Socrates begins his defence...
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