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- Full Title: Euthyphro
- When Written: 380 B.C.E.
- Where Written: Athens
- When Published: 380 B.C.E.
- Literary Period: Classical
- Genre: Philosophical dialogue
- Setting: Classical Athens
- Climax: Euthyphro becomes frustrated with Socrates’s penetrating questions about the nature of piety and abruptly ends the conversation, leaving Socrates unsatisfied.
- Antagonist: Euthyphro
- Point of View: Third person, dialogic transcript
Extra Credit for Euthyphro
Mixed Bag. Since the majority of Plato’s works are written as dialogues featuring the voice of Socrates, it is often difficult to discern where Socrates’s philosophizing ends, and where Plato’s begins. One thing that this rhetorical device allows Plato to achieve is a certain level of distance from the claims of the text, as his perspectives can only be inferred, since they are never explicitly stated. This may be in part because Socrates was tried and executed for his own views, so the structure protects Plato from suffering any sort of similar punishment.