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Why Socrates was hanged?


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2010-11-22 05:38:33
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Socrates was hung do to his vocal criticism of democracy in Athens. He was often heard praising Sparta, Athens' archrival, He also was told by the oracle that while many wise men in Athens thought themselves wise they in fact were not. He went on to question many notable figures in Athens Society and determined this fact. He knew he himself was not wise and paradoxically made himself wiser, as he was the only one aware of his own ignorance. This wisdom made many prominent Athenians look foolish and proceeded to turn them against him. He was then taken to court and sentenced for corrupting the Athenian youth and not believing in the gods of the state.


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