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Sample Essay

1. What were Socrates’ final words? What do these sentences tell us about him?

Socrates was an Athenian philosopher of the fifth century who used his own life’s examples to show his students the reasons of committing ones life to truth only. His last words before he drunk the poison he was ordered to drink by the jury were, “Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius.

Please, don’t forget to pay the debt.” By saying this, he showed his students that he was not afraid of death, but appreciated it, as he believed that death was the best cure for the body. This is evidenced by the fact that Asclepius is the Greek god for healing, he considered himself healed by his death, and thus he wanted Crito to reward him. It also suggests that Socrates was used as the savior of the Athenians thus appreciating Asclepius was as result of curing the people of Athens.

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