*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Why Did the Athenians Kill Socrates?

In 399 B.C., a jury of 501 Athenians voted to execute Socrates for “corrupting the young” and for “not believing in the gods of the city.”  His students, Plato and Xenophon, represent him as a gentle, courageous, wise, and supremely moral individual, and the first Greek philosopher to devote his life to understanding and promoting personal virtue and ethics. We will consider such questions as: What were Socrates’ new and revolutionary views of human life? How could they be thought a threat to the state?  What can we learn from Socrates on the issues of our times?  We will discuss four short dialogues of Plato, beginning with the Apology, and then selections based on the class’ interests from the Republic and from Xenophon’s Memorabilia.
Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, March 20.

Instructor Bio:

Jon Mikalson, the W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Classics at UVa, has written nine books on Greek religion and culture and loves all things Greek, ancient, and modern.

Required Reading:

Plato and Rowe, Christopher. The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics), 2003. Plato and Reeve, C.D.C. Republic (Hackett Classics), 1992. Xenophon and Waterfield, Robin. Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics), 1990.

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Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A205 Jon Mikalson Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 27, Apr 3 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. BB&T WL

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