The king was a bad man. He too did not like Socrates.
Therefore, the king decided that Socrates should die.
All the people of Athens were shocked. Socrates alone was calm and
unruffled.He said, "I am not afraid of death."
The king's men put Socrates in jail.
In Athens there was a law. A person sent - enced to death could go out
of the country instead.But Socrates liked to stay and face death.
Socrates' friends asked him again and again to escape from the jail.
But Socrates refused.
On the day fixed for his death, the jail- keeper brought him a cup of
poison. He gave it to Socrates, and asked him to drink it. Everyone who was near wept.
Even the jail-keeper turned his face aside.
Socrates said:"Why do you people weep? Are you faint hearted
Socrates drank the poison slowly.It pained him all the more. He then
lay down on the cot, and died quietly.
Today we praise him as a great world teacher. Many think of him as one
of the wisest men who ever lived.