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At 600d, what argument does Socrates use to show that Homer is unable to educate anyone?

A.If Homer were able to educate people, he would have written books himself rather than performing.

B. If Homer had known how to educate, he would have had many followers and companions who loved and honored him.

C.If Homer had known how to educate, he would have been able to speak beautifully.

D.All of the above.

E.None of the above.

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I guess I would pick D. As far as I know, Socrates attacked the great poets, like Hesiod and Homer, for creating inappropriate tales. He says that these poets' tales include bad lies, which further unrealistic images of the gods and heroes. Gods must never be shown as unjust for fear that children will think it acceptable and honorable to do injustice. You can check more out at the link bellow.