Discuss how using context and knowing affixes and root words can help readers understand texts such as the Apology. Use details from the text to support your answer.

Many English translations of Apology rely on understanding of senses of Greek words in their historical context and thus knowing Greek and Latin roots will help students avoid anachronism.

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The Apology, as many Platonic dialogues, is concerned with issues of definition. The definitions, of course, are of Greek terms and exist within a Greek cultural context. To understand many of the concepts being discussed requires having a sense of the actual Greek terms and the English roots and affixes can help the Greekless reader get a sense of the text as it would have been understood by its intended audience.

One important example is the term...

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