The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Examine the reaction of Socrates when he was informed that he would be arrested and tried by the Athenian Council. What were the official charges? Who instigated the case? Why? Who investigated the claims made against Socrates? What did Socrates do to prepare for the trial? How did Socrates defend himself?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the personalities, education and philosophies of Socrates and Plato.

Essay Topic 3

Many people believe that Plato was the actual author of the Four Dialogues, not Socrates. Discuss this possibility. Also discuss the tradition of a student writing and publicizing the work of a revered teacher. How is that not dishonest or even considered to be plagiarism? In what areas was this common practice? Does it still happen today?

Essay Topic 4

Examine the reaction of Socrates when he was informed that he would be arrested and tried by the Athenian Council...

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