He could have asked for amnesty, or at least agreed to leave Athens to save his life. But if he did, he would not have been Socrates. He considered conscience and truth more valuable than life. He tried to convince the jury that what he did was only in the best interest of the city. However, he was still sentenced to take the poison. Shortly after, he took the poison in front of his friends and died. Firefighter be strong be brave be humble be badass poster. Why is that, Sophie? Why did Socrates have to die? People have been asking that question for 2,400 years.