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History: Why did Socrates preferred to take hemlock(poison)instead of escaping-with open prison doors?

This question applies to Nobel prize winners and philosophers at humanity only/or journal keepers of age !


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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 and pretence of greatness. In the Phaedo, Plato’s Socrates goes on to claim that the afterlife holds much more appeal due to the fact that he can test the deads’ knowledge as he had done in Athens, but with greater freedom, and a larger subject body to examine. His own personal heaven would be being stuck with Ajax, Achilles, Agamemnon, Odysseus and othersuch Greek Heroes for the rest of eternity.
    Any help? This is mainly from an ancient historian/ classical studies university level P.O.V.


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