Phaedo (the text)


The setting for this dialogue is the prison on the day of Socrates execution and, appropriately, the subject for discussion is the immortality of the soul. The interlocutors dialogue throughout the day and the execution occurs in the evening. Those present to converse with Socrates include Phaedo, for whom the dialogue is named, Crito, Cebes, Simmias, and Apollodorus. Notably absent is Plato. It has been speculated that he avoided the execution for fear of breaking down emotionally and, thus, disappointing his teacher.