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Euthyphro
Plato Plato
Project Gutenberg
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The dialogue is set near the king-archon's court, where the two men encounter each other. They are both there for preliminary hearings before possible trials. Euthyphro has come to lay manslaughter charges against his father, as his father had allowed one of his workers to die exposed to the elements without proper care and attention. This worker had killed a slave belonging to the family estate on the island of Naxos; while Euthyphro's father waited to hear from the expounders of religious law about how to proceed, the worker died bound and gagged in a ditch.