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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Plato Narrator: Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2002 ISBN:
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The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

Tom Griffith presents these with scene-setting introductions to the historical situation in this new translation.

Translated by Tom Griffith. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 1/30/2014

    " Socrates is a bit of a frustrating asshole, but what he has to say about death and immortality is usually pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aspasia | 1/26/2014

    " Plato's supposed account of the trial and last moments of Socrates' life. Socrates was accused of idolatry and the corruption of the youth of Athens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 1/25/2014

    " A little dry, but interesting topics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. M. | 1/5/2014

    " Certainly an eye-opening, thought-provoking dialogue. The realization of the drastic differences between our time and that of Socrates' is truly fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamatha Goodling | 1/2/2014

    " The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways--I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney Bender | 12/22/2013

    " For those who like or dislike philosophy, this book is a good choice. Though, of course, Socrates has several tangents concerning pity and the good life, among other subjects, Plato's Trial and Death is also a story of a pensive man's journey through trial, jail, and ultimately death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/21/2013

    " I never read this when I was young. I loved coming across all the quotes and philosophies that are so common. Now I know where they came from. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shad | 12/21/2013

    " This was pretty painful to get through and took an awfully long time for me. I think Plato makes lots of logical errors and comes across very arrogant. Also, the commentator's notes were largely redundant and obvious (and those portions that weren't were mostly opinion and tedious factoids). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariam saleh | 12/19/2013

    " realy learned about socrates "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michel | 12/15/2013

    " This there is a book everybody should have read, this is it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 10/23/2013

    " shitty translation, great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole Geddie | 6/8/2013

    " Oh man. Haaaaated this book. Torture to get through. I'm sure the plot was decent but I was too distracted by how much I hated the book to notice. I want to give it zero stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/5/2013

    " Euthyphro, awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/16/2013

    " I'm no philosophy major. But this is a gripping human drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla - | 12/13/2012

    " Sad, but inspiring! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Music | 12/4/2012

    " it goes on and on and on and has a few illuminating moments and on and on and on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/27/2012

    " A wonderful little book. It has some good insights into certain human attitudes, e.g. when we grieve the death of someone we really are grieving for ourselves not for the deceased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill W. | 9/15/2012

    " Read it in Ancient Greek. My god I'm proud of myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Cato | 9/4/2012

    " Saw an old copy on a shelf in the Mr. Findler's room; he let me keep it. Changed my life. Better than Grube's translations, worse than Jowett's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ne'Leigh | 6/14/2012

    " Read it again this year. In the dialogue Phaedo, Plato expresses one of the greatest faults of mankind, "For as there are misanthropists or haters of men, there are also misologists or haters of ideas, and both spring from the same cause, which is ignorance of the world." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richards Cw | 10/14/2011

    " Socrates makes Meletus look like a bitch and this work is loaded with wonderful quotes about life and death. Socrates is the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 8/21/2011

    " An excellent, accurate, and detailed explanation of the trial and death of Socrates, as told by Plato. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/25/2011

    " Pretty good book. A bit dragging, but a good read. It has very good points and an excellent read for Philosophy class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/2/2011

    " Read for my Hero English class. Interesting read. Socrates...man can that man ask those annoyingly diificult questions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 5/22/2011

    " A little dry, but interesting topics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 4/2/2011

    " I don't even remember this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 3/21/2011

    " The story of an a man, real or mythologized, representing the next stage of thought and being persecuted for it. Plato presents his mentor's last days with a subtle beauty in four different dialouges. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2011

    " I saw a one-man performance of "Apology of Socrates" one evening in Athens. I had read the text several times before in high-school and university, but the performance really demonstrated what a powerful text it really is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/20/2011

    " Read for my Hero English class. Interesting read. Socrates...man can that man ask those annoyingly diificult questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/12/2011

    " The Phaedo was my favorite out of these dialogues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/1/2010

    " Funny story of Socrates and a great characterization of the man and who he really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 11/30/2010

    " Not exactly a page turner, but shows some foundational philosophical techniques and Greek ideologies on life, after-life, the soul, the body, opposites, perception, obeying the law, society, piety, and more.

    Not to mention it's a critical historical and literary story of injustice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2010

    " I enjoyed the book but did not agree with Socrates. "

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Author Plato

Plato (circa 423–347 BC) was a philosopher in ancient Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Plato, together along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially philosophy of the Western tradition.