Socrates was the great Greek classical philosopher. Through the writings of his great students like Plato & Xenophon people can know about the great philosopher.
Socrates was popular at his time because of his novel behavior & ideas.
Socrates had clearly differentiated the knowledge & the ignorance.
He also believed that one should give concentration on the development of himself than on material things & encouraged people to develop a good relationship among other society member.
He emphasized on the human reason based society rather than the theological based one & gave importance on the ethics.
Socrates ideas had influenced the young people if Athens & they had criticized & challenged the Greek belief & wisdom which had lead the society into a rough condition for that reason many Athenians become enemy of Socrates & the authority became angry about the popularity of him.As a result their past glories notion wealth & fixation with physical beauty was hugged.In that time Socrates confronted these values with his persistent prominence on the importance of the thoughts.In his whole life he tried to spread wisdom & inspired the common people to build a friendly relationship with each other.Socrates ideas & philosophy had greatly affected the social system & order of Athens.The admiration of Socrates by many Athenians challenged the Greek wisdom for that reason many Athenians grew angry towards Socrates.This created a situation that people of Athens were divided, some were supporting Socrates & some became his enemy which had ultimately affected the social order & for that reason the jury charged him for making the affecting the peace of society & sentenced him to death.Against the charges of corrupting the youth, atheism, and introducing new deities, Socrates states that has been doing Athens a service by improving its beliefs of wisdom and virtue."He [Socrates] regarded the charges as wholly unjustified; he claimed to reform and improve both his own moral outlook and other people's.Here Socrates appeared, despite his lengthy defense, not to acquit himself from all accusations, but rather to deliberately ensure that he would be found guilty and thus condemned to death.If Socrates believed his moral purpose was to achieve philosophical virtue, justice and truth by examining life to its fullest, why then would he willingly give his life on the charges of crimes that he did not commit?