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Socrates is a nonconformist philosopher and idealistic seeker of the truth in Ancient Athens. He acts as teacher to his dedicated students without pay over the objections of Xantippe, his henpecking wife, and is viewed by the establishment as a corrupter of the city's youth. Hypocritical Athenian leaders conspire to indict him on charges of heresy and treason, both capital offenses. However, his trial is suspended when the decades-long Peloponnesian War ends, and Sparta occupies Athens, effectively ending democratic rule. Anxious to meet the renowned philosopher, Spartan King Pausanias takes an immediate liking to him. Socrates idealistically turns down the King's offers of booty and escape from the city and convinces him to restore Athenian democracy even though that means he will be recharged for his "crimes." The aging orator believes he can convince his judge and jury that his quest for the truth is consistent with the best Athenian values.Written by
At the end of the guilt phase of the trial, when Socrates has been found guilty, the second phase of the trial begins, where he is to propose a penalty. He does so, and the "judge" says to him that if that penalty is put to the jury it will be rejected, does he insist on putting the matter to the jury? Socrates answers "No" but the proposal is put to the jury and Socrates is condemned to death. Surely Socrates' answer to the judge's question should have been "Yes." See more »
Best of any films about Socrates, even PBS. Every actor and actress chosen for the parts in this film could not have been chosen better. The acting is wonderful. It's a great film, the first part of the film being a general foundation of the situation of Athens when the actual history of the western world really was decided by these people, Plato and Socrates, at this time period. Were it not for Socrates standing up to those he opposed in this film, history would have had their first Nazis, the Sophists. As it was, before Socrates, others who opposed these Sophists were put to death, as well. Socrates happened to be the one to get the spotlight. This film depicts everything going on in Athens and the fight between Socrates and the Sophists coming to a head at this time in history. The film reflects the four dialogs of Socrates as written by Plato, mostly stressing the trial. The acting is wonderful, and no one could have been cast better as Socrates than Peter U. There was an original play that this film is based on that is often available on Amazon, but the film is a little more superior to the book. The film really brings all of this history, these great people, to life, and does it well. The film is not available, unfortunately, other than certain library copies - if you can find them. A travesty. This film is one in a million!
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