Saturday, May 7, 2011

On May 7

On this day in ...
... 399 BCE, the philosopher Socrates drank a lethal draught of hemlock (the poisonous plant at right), having been found guilty, by a Athenian jury of 501 men, on charges of corrupting young people and impiety. (image credit) These events are described in Apology, Crito, and Phaedo, 3 works by his most famous pupil, Plato.

(Prior May 7 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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