Objective: Chapter 1, Socrates' Defense Xenophon, the author of "Conversations of Socrates," was a Greek historian who lived in Greece during the fourth century B. C. He was one of Socrates' students, and he greatly admired Socrates. As such, many of his writings were Socratic works or dialogues. This lesson will focus on Xenophon and his biography.
1) In Class Reading: Hand out copies of a short biography on Xenophon. Have the class read the biography and take notes in preparation to discuss it.
2) In Class Writing Assignment: Write 1 to 2 paragraphs about Xenophon and his accomplishments, based on what you have learned about him from the biography.
3) Class Discussion: Who was Xenophon? What are his most popular works? How did the time period during which he lived, as well as the place where he lived, affect his writing? How did his studies affect his writing? Why was he so...
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