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Greek Prose Authors: Virtue and Knowledge in Plato's 'Protagoras'

CLG 214

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Is being a good person something that can be taught? This question sits at the heart of Plato's dialogue Protagoras, and from it arises a multitude of questions such as, What does it mean to be a good person? Can I be good without knowing what is good or bad? Can I know what is right but still do what is wrong? We will read the dialogue in the original Greek and discuss the questions it forcefully raises. Moreover, we will learn about some of the most important intellectual figures of classical Athens (Protagoras, Socrates, Prodicus, and Hippias), while enjoying the brilliant literary techniques Plato uses to represent them.
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Section C01