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HIST 150 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Meletus

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HIST 150

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Ed Krzemienski
History 150—Study Guide for The Apology
The Apology Questions
1. What does Socrates say he “does not have the slightest skill as”? a Speaker
2. How old is Socrates at his trial? 70 years old
3. Who is indicting Socrates? Meletus
4. How much does Socrates charge to teach people? This is false. He never has charged a
5. What does the god at Delphi tell Chaerephon? That Socrates is the wisest in the world.
6. Socrates says that he is wiser than another because he does not think that he knows
what? nothing
7. What do many poets think they know that Socrates says they really do not? A
perfect understanding of all other subjects.
8. What has reduced Socrates to extreme poverty? The results of socrates’
interrogations: odium, poverty, wealthy youths who wnjoy imitating him, and charges
that he is responsible for corrupting them.
9. What does Socrates believe to be the reason for his unpopularity? His plain speaking
10. Who does Socrates’s accuser believe makes the young good? Meletus says, “the
laws”, “the members of the jury”, “the members of the council”
11. What animal does Socrates say most people do harm to? Horses
12. What does Socrates say should happen to someone who unintentionally has a bad
influence on others? Take them aside privately for instruction and reproof to open their
eyes…not to take them to court.
13. Socrates says his accuser is contradicting himself how? ‘Supernatural things’ refered
to in his charge could only be believed in by one who believed in gods. But Meletus
accusses Socrates of disbelieving in gods altoghether. “Socrates is guilty of not believing
in the gods, but beilieving in gods.
14. What does Socrates define “supernatural beings” as? Gods or Children of Gods
15. Socrates states that a man who is worth anything ought not weigh the prospects of
what? Life and death
16. “Ignorance most culpable” is thinking one knows what? No one knows with regard to
death whether it is not really the greatest blessing that can happen to a man, but people
dread it as though they were certain that it is the greatest evil.
17. What specifically does Socrates say does not bring goodness? Money and belongings
18. To what animals does Socrates compare Athens and himself to? A Large
Thoroughbred horse… or is it a Fly?
19. What “debars” Socrates from entering public life (office)? The voice in his head, his
20. The true champion of what must leave politics alone? Justice
21. What does Socrates offer to allow his accuser to produce? His infant child
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