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As he said in the Apology, he would no sooner live in another city- as he would have had a chance to appeal for during his trial- as exile, nor could he continue to live among the Athenians. This is due to the Athenians hatred for him as a “corrupter of the young” and one who denied the city’s gods but invented his own personal ‘daimonion’. They would not have continued to allow him the freedom of speech. As for his own personal feelings, he makes it perfectly clear that he dislikes the Athenian men due to their feigned knowledge… Read more »

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Because he was a pompous fool. It’s all very well to die standing up for your principles, but I’d sooner live to stand up for them another day – and away from my original captors’ ears, naturally…

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to show that he was innocent of any law-breaking, he would not prove his false accusers right. Plus, he was tired of all the fuss of living among thoughtless people.

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The open prison door was dependent on his denouncing his own teachings and the value of philosophy itself. He chose instead to die.