What does Socrates mean by referring himself to a gadfly? ?
In "The Apology", Socrates refers to himself as a gadfly, clinging to the city as an insect would to a horse. What is the significance of this?
he isnt wanted, much like the fly.
He meant he was stinging people out of their complacency. Just as a gadfly, by constantly stinging a horse agitates it, preventing it from becoming sluggish and going to sleep, so did Socrates, by stirring things up, prevent the City from becoming sluggish and careless and intolerant.