Socrates encountered the opposition of authority in a time that the religion of the fallen gods had become so righteous. Or maybe he wanted to encounter them so as to point them out. Imagine what would happen now that authority teaches more than religion.
They wanted to think they had beaten him, or maybe convince him of that. But he remained bluntly honest till the end, and who beat whom?
Could an unknown thing in present possibly affect you in present? If it was unknown to you what could affect you in particular? Would it be that thing or your own creating that unknown thing?