Thursday, March 23, 2006
Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates
This depiction of the thinker's death is by Jacques-Louis David, a French artist of the late 1700's.
Socrates had helped defend Athens in the wars against Sparta. In the wake of the city's defeat the leaders felt anyone who didn't reflect positively on Athena was threatening the community. Rather than escape his sentence by choosing exile, Socrates accepted the verdict