The Last Days of Socrates

by Plato, Harold Tarrant

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  • 9780140455496
  • 9780141965888

Euthyphro/Apology/Crito/Phaedo

'Nothing can harm a good man either in life or after death'

The trial and condemnation of Socrates on charges of heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy of a life guided by self-responsibility. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while the Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges against him. In the Crito, awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death.

Translated by HUGH TREDENNICK and HAROLD TARRANT with an Introduction and notes by HAROLD TARRANT


  • Penguin Books Ltd; October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141965888
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  • Title: The Last Days of Socrates
  • Author: Plato; Harold Tarrant (other)
  • Imprint: Penguin
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  • 9780140455496
  • 9780141965888

About The Author

Plato (c. 427-347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Christopher Rowe is professor of Greek at the University of Durham.