Socrates and the Stoics
Socrates (469 — 399 BC) was known as the “gadfly” of Athens (the gadfly stings the horse and thus prevents it from becoming sluggish and going to sleep) because he often antagonized the city in his attempts to improve the Athenians' sense of justice. Socrates was ultimately sentenced to death for corrupting the minds of the Athenians and impiety. He turned down an opportunity to escape from prison, stating that he did not fear death and would not break his social contract with the State.
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