The Trial and Death of Socrates: Apology, Phaedo

Version: Unabridged
Author: Plato
Narrator: Bruce Alexander
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: December 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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The Trial and Death of Socrates remains a powerful document, partly because it was a true - perhaps in certain parts verbatim - 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. These are presented with scene-setting introductions to the historical situation.

Reviews (4)

trial and death

Written by Anonymous on June 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was was a little dry but I am glad that I listened to it before I listened to the plot to save socrates.

Good actors make dialogue flow

Written by Anonymous from Maryville, TN on August 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great acting allows for the dialogue to flow with easy identification of characters. Socrates' timeless discussion of the afterlife on the eve of his death is brought to life in this well-presented audio program.

A great introduction and powerful

Written by Wil Morphew on May 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have never done much (or any) on philosophy so I wondered if I could 'grasp' it. I dont know that I did, but I do know I loved it...I even quit listening to 'A briefer history of time' in order to finish it. It is well written, well orated, and seems to describe everything with just the right amount of detail, giving you an insight to how Socrates and others like him thought. Definately worth a read.

The Trial and Death of Socrates

Written by Anonymous from Hartford, CT on March 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The "Apology" is an amazingly candid, aggressive, and modern defense of Socrates' personal philosophy, vs. the intolerance of the Athenians, that has many parallels in modern persecution on morally corrupt grounds. The Phaedo, which comprises the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th CD, is a sad effort in comparison, as Socrates defends a rather unimpressive (in modern terms) argument for the immortality of the soul, immediately prior to his own demise by hemlock. The reader does an excellent job on both counts.

Author Details

Author Details

, Plato

Catalin Partenie is co-editor of Plato's Complete Works in Romanian (2001-2005).