Friday, January 06, 2006

The Trial of Socrates

In the lecture for HIST 2055 on Monday the 9th, we'll be talking about the Trial of Socrates. You need hardly do more than look at this 18th century painting by David, a great French Revolutionary agitator, to get an idea of the historical impact of the trial. (Click to get a better view.) In the trial Socrates, a well-known teacher and critic of Athenian democracy, was condemned by his fellow-citizens for atheism and corrupting the youth of the city. What does this trial tell us about Athens in the 5th century?

Below are several posts ("earlier" in usual weblogging practice, but here attachments to this post) illustrating some of the personalities involved.



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