Why Was Socrates Killed?


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Socrates was placed on trial and charged with impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. These charges were due to his philosophical teachings and questions. He was sentenced to death and was executed by drinking hemlock.

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Socrates' trial and execution took place in 399 B.C. in Athens. Socrates was a classical Athenian philosopher. His work laid the foundation of Western philosophy and the vast field of ethics. Socrates did not record his teachings, and his work is known only through the writings of his students and peers, such as Plato and Aristotle. Socrates was born in 470 B.C. in Athens.

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