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This compilation contains three crucial works of the ancient philosophical era. Included are Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates.
The Apology is Plato's version of the oration given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" (24b). "Apology" here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word "apologia") of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's beliefs or actions. The general term apology, in context to literature, defends a world from attack (opposite of satire-which attacks the world).
Crito is a dialogue by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. It is a discussion between Socrates and his wealthy friend Crito regarding justice, injustice, and the appropriate response to injustice. Socrates thinks that injustice may not be answered with injustice, and refuses Crito's offer to finance his escape from prison. This dialogue contains an ancient statement of the social contract theory of government.
Plato's Phaedo, also known to ancient readers as Plato's On The Soul, is one of the great dialogues of his middle period, along with the Republic and the Symposium. The Phaedo, which depicts the death of Socrates, is also Plato's fourth and last dialogue to detail the philosopher's final days, following Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito.
This edition has formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. It has also been extensively annotated, with additional information about the works and also Plato, including overviews, writing, interpretation, summaries, legacy, and biographical information.