The Life of Socrates According to Plato…

…As well as Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

  • 470 BC. (est.) Socrates is born.
  • 432 BC. Socrates fights in the Battle of Potidaea as a footsoldier (hoplite) at the age of 38. He saves the life of Alcibades near Spartolus while returning from the Potidaea revolt.
  • 424 BC. Socrates fights in the Battle of Delium at the age of 46. Plato, who describes Socrate’s bravery at the Battle of Delium in his Symposium, was born in the same year.
  • 422 BC. Socrates fights in the Battle of Amphipolis at the age of 48. This is supposedly his final battle just in time for the “Peace of Nicias”.
  • 415 BC. Athenian hermai, statues dedicated to Hermes, a god associated with fertility, luck, road and borders, through out the land are vandalized. Alcibades, now General, who Socrates had heroically rescued in the Potidaea revolt, was accused as the mastermind behind the crime.
  • 414 BC. Alcibades defects to Sparta. As it turns out, it wasn’t Alcibades that vandalized the Hermai statues in the first place. It was a young men’s drinking club. Men never change.
  • 410 BC. Socrates, at 60-years old, was abducted by two men in a strange time traveling contraption. He travels to the future to spread his wisdom through out the lands. He be-friends an unlikely fellow: a bad guy, but good guy, Billy the Kid.
  • 406 BC. Socrates, as part of the Prytanes, convinces the rest of his council to allow seperate trials of six Athenian generals accused of failure to rescue their own wounded soldiers and corpses for burial. Even though the Assembly approved their seperate trials, a parliamentary invalidation of the vote went through. Another Assembly vote condemmned their military leaders to execution.
  • 405 BC. During the Battle of Aegospotami, Spartans seize the city of Athens
  • 404 BC. Instead of razing and pillaging the city of Athens, Sparta orders the destruction of their outer city walls as well as the reinstatement of a “ancestral constitution”, ridding of the democratic Assembly that Socrates was a part of. Instead of a democratic and just government, a now corrupt and abusive government resided in Athens. To seize power, some tribes of the “Thirty” (the new council in the new government), executed many wealthy Athenians and seized their properties. Most of the people affected had common ties to Socrates. Socrates who had always been popular with youth even back to the days of the Battle of Delium, was critized and even intimidated by other members of the Thirty to not speak to men under the age of thirty. Many citizens left the city and went to outer regions out of the reach of the corrupt powers of the Thirty, many once again tied to Socrates, especially those who had plans to destroy the new form of government.
  • 403 BC. The “Thirty” is disbanded when a band of warring democrats from Phyle kills two of their members. The democrats replace them with a “Board of Ten”. All of this in the nick of time as well! Socrates was about to be tried with civil disobedience when Socrates refused to go to Salamis to send former Democratic general, Leon, to his execution.
  • 399 BC. A poet named Meletus, charges Socrate with asebeia: impiety and/or disrespect to the gods. The charges are served to Socrates and he ignores his rights of reaction. He rather… entered a plea and then decided to willy nilly stop at a gymnasium to philosophize with some young Athenians about mathematics and knowledge. However, Socrates was more interested in studying ethics and politics, so the idea of him discussing mathematics as a form of ethics or politics makes no sense. Socrates resumed his journey to the king archon’s stoa and he was further accused by Meletus that he corrupted the population of young men with his different ideas on Athenian religion. All of this, according to Meletus, was for the public interest to stop irreverence. The jury found him guilty and sentenced him to death. Instead of an immediate execution, Socrates survived thirty days past his trail. Just before the end, Crito, a friend, exchanged dialogue about his fate and the possibility to escape. However, due to Socrates belief in the system of justice, by escaping he would be guilty of the charges given to him and it would bring harm to his friends, family and his city. On the day of his execution, he drank a cup of Conium maculatum, a variety of hemlock that has a chemical make-up similar to nicotine. It’s effects on the human body causes death by blocking the neuromusclar junction. This causes muscular paralysis which then affects respiratory muscles resulting in the blocking of oxygen to the brain and heart. Socrates was 71-years old-ish.
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