Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, Socrates' Defense Abstract
* The editor presents Socrates' Defense first as it is Xenophon's earliest Socratic dialogue and permits a comparison between the accounts of Socrates' trial as told by Xenophon and Plato.
* The author's purpose is to defend Socrates. He chooses Xenophon's account because it covers more historical ground, including Socrates' thoughts prior to the...
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