Jurors of our republic, I do not know whether you were persuaded by the case made against me, but I certainly hope that you were not. Some of what the prosecutor told you is accurate, though much of it is untrue. To put it another way, some of his facts are correct, yet the conclusions he presented were usually misleading distortions and in some cases simply incorrect. If the indictment is clarified to its essentials, I am accused of corrupting the young and not believing in the gods in whom the city believes. I intend to show that these charges are false and my enemies are motivated by prejudice they have spread with much success like a disease throughout our city. I am aware that this is a serious accusation. However, I will attempt to prove my case as though my life depends on persuading you, as it well may.
Orthodox Eastern Church
"Poetic Justice: Apology Overdue,"
Sophia and Philosophia: Vol. 1:
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Available at: https://repository.belmont.edu/sph/vol1/iss2/5