Thursday, March 23, 2006

Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates

Condemned to death or exile by the Athenian government for his teaching methods, which aroused scepticism and impiety in his students, Socrates heroicly rejected exile and accepted death from hemlock.

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

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