In doing so, you will likely notice several things you don`t quite understand and which are specific to the social, political, economic, religious and philosophical context of the text and its time.

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For this assignment, you are asked to begin by reading the relevant sections in The Trials of Socrates (as specified by the Weekly Schedule portion of the syllabus: “Introduction” and Euthyphro, pgs. 1-25). In doing so, you will likely notice several things you don`t quite understand and which are specific to the social, political, economic, religious and philosophical context of the text and its time. To understand the texts most relevant to the life and death of Socrates, we have to better understand this context. This will be your first task.
To begin, skim through the text again and identify one thing you don`t understand in order to begin to try to figure out the context. To do so, I recommend consulting our second course book, The Cambridge Companion to Socrates, any of the secondary sources I`ve included on our WorldClassRoom page, as well as the many sources you can find yourself by searching through the university library`s academic databases (for the social and human sciences, I recommend two databases: JSTOR and Project Muse).
Once you`ve read a bit through the most relevant sources, return to the primary text and see how an understanding of the context improves your understanding of the text itself. Now write a half-page (ca. 250-400 words), in which you explore the primary text in the light of your reading in the secondary sources. Explain to me what it is you found confusing and how the secondary literature illuminates this problem. In doing so, however, do please avoid the first-person singular ("I"), and write, instead, from that more neutral, distanced position typical of academic discourse (example: rather than saying, for instance, "What I couldn`t understand about the Euthyphro was the role of religion in ancient Athens," say instead, for instance: "For a twenty-first century reader unfamiliar with the role of religion in ancient Athens, Euthyphro`s exact profession might seem rather peculiar.")
Please be sure to quote both the primary and secondary sources and make use of appropriate scholarly conventions to cite those sources.
The aim of the assignment is to see how well your can follow basic research tasks that are not as simple as they may appear to be, but which are essential to scholarly work. Please submit the assignment to the relevant assignment tab on WorldClassRoom by the time of our second class for this week.
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