ILS 205 Midterm Paper

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ILS 205 Midterm Paper Essay Topic 1: If Achilles were a juryman, what would he have thought of Socrates’ defense? What verdict would he have reached? Dan Atkins TA: Sara Rouhi
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I strongly believe that if Achilles were a juryman, he would have thought honorably and nobly of Socrates’ defense and ultimately reached a verdict of not guilty. Achilles was regarded by all as a great, if not the greatest, Greek hero of his time and would be persuaded by the similar “heroic” nature of Socrates’ divine purpose, views, and actions. Socrates’ view of a “quintessential man” may differ drastically from that of Achilles, yet the fundamental sameness in individual morality and honor are unparalleled. Based on Socrates’ devotion to the gods, fearlessness in his beliefs, and dedication to justice above all, Achilles would not only consider Socrates not guilty of the accused crimes, but also instilled with heroic ideals relative to Achilles himself. Achilles would essentially be judging Socrates’ character through his speech, and in terms of one’s character, Achilles is as dedicated to the gods as one can be, therefore, considering this aspect of Socrates very important. One of the initial claims brought against Socrates by Meletus and others was his lack of devotion to the same gods that the city worships. Socrates refutes this claim by acknowledging his belief in daimons. He says, “If daimons are certain bastard children of gods, whether from nymphs or from certain others of whom it is also said they are born, then what human being would believe that there are children of gods, but not gods?” (Pg.78, Apology ) Although this satisfies his belief, Achilles would be more concerned with his devotion. Socrates proves this by claiming he was destined by the gods to philosophize and owes his life’s purpose and actions to their will. He says, “I, men of Athens, salute you and love you, but I will obey the god rather than you; and as long as I breathe and am able to, I will certainly not stop philosophizing…” Achilles would admire this devotion to not only the gods, but to Socrates’ own
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philosophies as well. Nothing would persuade Achilles to hold anything above honor under any circumstance just as nothing would persuade Socrates to stop philosophizing or
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