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One of Socrates’s accusers, along with Meletus and Lycon. Socrates says that Anytus is “vexed” with him “on behalf of the craftsmen and the politicians.” According to the historical record, Anytus was an Athenian politician who fought as a general in the Peloponnesian War, though neither of these details surface in Plato’s Apology. At one point during his apologia, Socrates references a remark Anytus apparently made earlier in the trial—namely, that the jury has no choice but to execute Socrates, now that he has been brought to court. “For if I should be acquitted,” Socrates says, outlining Anytus’ opinion, “your sons would practice the teachings of Socrates and all be thoroughly corrupted.”

Anytus Quotes in Apology

The Apology quotes below are all either spoken by Anytus or refer to Anytus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hackett edition of Apology published in 2002.
Apology Quotes

[…] if you said to me in this regard: “Socrates, we do not believe Anytus now; we acquit you, but only on condition that you spend no more time on this investigation and do not practice philosophy, and if you are caught doing so you will die”; if, as I say, you were to acquit me on those terms, I would say to you: “Men of Athens, I am grateful and I am your friend, but I will obey the god rather than you, and as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy […].”

Related Characters: Socrates (speaker), Anytus
Page Number: 34
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Anytus Character Timeline in Apology

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...These first accusers, he explains, are going to be more difficult to argue against than “Anytus and his friends,” since they have been slandering him since the jurors were mere children.... (full context)
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...in the gods’ and ‘making the worse the stronger argument.’” These are the accusations that Anytus, Lycon, and Meletus have leveled against him on behalf of the politicians, the orators, and... (full context)
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...charges, though he’s cognizant that his “undoing” will not be the result of Meletus or Anytus, but of the “slander” that has led to his unfavorable reputation. Regarding this, Socrates says,... (full context)