Why Not Escape? On the Hosiotes in Plato’s Crito

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Joanna Komorowska


While the article discusses the factors that motivated Socrates’ decisionin the Crito, it emphasizes the possible cultural import of the choiceundertaken in the aftermath of the political upheavals in the late fifthcentury. It is also argued here that as Plato’s dialogue were written inthe period that followed the renewal of the Athenian politeia, it shouldbe perceived as having its roots both in the historical reality of its narrativefocus (i.e. Socrates’ trial) and in the then reality of Plato’s Athens(i.e., its political stability dependent on the ephebic oath).


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Komorowska, J. (2011) “Why Not Escape? On the Hosiotes in Plato’s Crito”, Peitho. Examina Antiqua, 2(1), pp. 169-182. doi: 10.14746/pea.2011.1.11.


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