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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Elizalde

Apology by Plato

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

This is the first of many blog posts that coincide with the Great Books reading plan found on my site. For each book that I read, I will post a corresponding set of questions (the same questions that can be accessed via the corresponding trimester heading). The questions will be posted here in a blog format so that teachers can respond with their own answers and reflections. Teachers are encouraged to gather a group of colleagues to complete the reading together and post comments here along with others in the Classical Caveman community. So here are the questions for Plato's Apology.


(1) "A man who really fights for justice must lead a private, not a public, life if he is to survive for even a short time (32a)." Must our fight for justice be done privately?

(2) "The unexamined life is not worth living (38a)..." Why?

(3) "It is not difficult to avoid death, gentlemen; it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death (39b)." Does wickedness indeed run faster than than death? Why?

Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David (1787)

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