“…Meletus evidently convinced the King Archon that there was a case to be heard, and the archon set a date for the trial. Some weeks passed between the preliminary hearing and the trial. This should have been a time for the defendant to prepare his defence, but on the day Socrates claimed to be speaking off the cuff and even told one of his associates that he had spent his entire life preparing his defence, by consistently doing no wrong.”
That’s from the opening pages of Robin Waterfield’s excellent new book Why Socrates Died. This passage struck me, because it reminded me of something another wise man said not long ago: How much preparation does it take to tell the truth?