Focus Questions Socrates

Focus Questions Socrates - ARLT 100g Spring 2007 Biography...

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ARLT 100g Masters of Power Spring 2007 Focus Questions: Socrates Biography of Socrates by Diogenes Laertius (ca. 250 AD) 1. Now that you’ve read Plutarch’s biographies of Pericles and Alcibiades, can you explain why he did not write a biography about Socrates? What do you think is it about Socrates’ life that is not “biographable” according to Plutarch? What are Plutarch’s criteria for a person to be “biography worthy”? 2. How, compared to a biography by Plutarch,, is Diogenes Laertius’ biography of Socrates a MESS? How many different kinds of info on Socrates does it contain? 3. Is there any logic to the order of the information, or is it thrown down haphazardly? Are there any “themes” that recur throughout the biography? 4. Does any kind of coherent profile emerge from the “stew” of facts, opinions, and “things people said” about Socrates? 5. How was Socrates’ trial the key event of his life? What two accusations were made against him? Why doesn’t Diogenes tell us what Socrates actually said
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