What was the full name of the king archon from Euthyphro, who condemned Socrates to death?

  • Archon, generally speaking, was name for a high public office, like Chief Magistrate; I don't think its linked to the notion of kingship in any direct way. Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 19:04
  • But what was the name of the high public office who treated Socrates' case? Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 19:31
  • Well, the prosecution was lead by Meletus; also by Anytus; there is a third, I'm not sure of his name. Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 22:26
  • The Greeks dated their years after the person who was Archon at the time, see here, to find out the name you would have to know the year that Socrates was sentenced to death during. It is probably important to point out the issues with discussing a historical Socrates (was he a real person? Do we know anything about him as a real person?). The name of the Archon is not mentioned in Plato or Xenophon, and there is not enough primary text to give a definitive answer.
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    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 5:26
  • The third one recorded was the orator Lycon. Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 13:54

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"Archon basileus" translates as "king magistrate" So says Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon_basileus Socrates's trial does not seem to have had a presiding official in the sense of an American trial judge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Socrates

Euthyphro was a character, with Socrates, in Plato's Euthyphro dialogue. The full surviving text of the dialogue is available at The Internet Classics Archive: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/euthyfro.html

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