Towson University Philosophy of Athens Discussion


Final Project


(Due May 20)


Select ONE of the five aspects of Plato’s Athens that we have studied (mythology, philosophy, drama, arts, or science) and explain how that aspect shaped Athens and helped it to become a viable city.

Grading will be based on how well you covered the topic and followed the instructions below.


This activity requires that you

  1. completed every module
  2. researched your special topic
  3. read the essay on “How to Write Analyses” (Available below and in Blackboard)
  4. reviewed our policy on academic integrity.

Points: 120 points out of 300

Length: (at least 1500 words)

Detailed Instructions

  • Delve deeply into one of the five areas examined in our course: mythology, philosophy, tragedy/comedy, art (includes music, architecture, and painting) or science (concentrate on inventions, astronomy, psychology and/or medicine).
  • After reviewing what we have studied on the topic in class, research it more fully by using at least two other sources. See essays in JSTOR and Project Muse available through our library.
  • Analyze and explain important ways in which the practice you selected to study shaped Plato’s Athens.
  • Be sure to incorporate into your discussion what you have learned about your topic from lectures, documentaries, and texts assigned for the course. Your essay should demonstrate your achieved competence on the subject.
  • Before you offer your conclusion about how your selected practice supports the city, give an account of the practice itself. For example, if you chose to examine the practice of Greek tragedy, introduce your analysis with a statement of what Greek tragedy entailed and how it functioned in Ancient Athens. The documentary provided as background is a good example of an analysis of the topic.

Reminder Regarding Sources: All sources must be acknowledged in the text itself using either footnotes [MLA style] or parenthetical references [APA style].


Referring to the works of Plato: Use parenthetical references and the page numbers of the Greek edition given in the margins. For example, when you use material from Plato’s Republic identify it as I did in the outline of the dialogue that I provided on Blackboard Content: “Thrasymachus attacks and Socrates responds (Republic, 336b-354c).”