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Plato's Euthyphro (Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading)

Tues., 6pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: Set in the Athenian agora in 399 BC, shortly before his execution, this dialogue recounts a conversation between Socrates, who is on his way to respond to charges of impiety, and Euthyphro, a self-proclaimed expert on piety, who is there to charge his own father with murder. Although ostensibly about the nature of piety, the dialogue is an exploration of knowledge and authority, and the dangers of arrogance and certainty. Its short length and the context it provides for the trial of Socrates make it an excellent introduction to Plato, but it is a literary masterpiece in its own right, and exemplifies the Socratic method of philosophy.


Level: Students should have a basic reading knowledge of ancient Greek.

Textbook: A Student Commentary on Plato's Euthyphro, by Charles Platter. 2019. University of Michigan Press.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Nicholas Swift

Nicholas Swift has an M.A. in Classics from the University at Buffalo. He was a graduate student fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC (2008) and a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2011-2012). He was writing a dissertation on the geographer Strabo before leaving to teach at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. He has published articles on Greek linguistics and literature, including "The Origin of the Greek Alphabet" for Brill's Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics. He is also a painter and avid chess player.