In the fifth Amuze Audio Lecture, we discuss in two minutes a painting by arguably the most popular Neoclassical painter ever. Jacques-Louis David painted the last moments in the life of Socrates, largely based on the writing of Plato who is also part of this painting. The Death of Socrates is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Socrates is convicted to death by a jury for not believing in the Greek gods and for sharing this views with his followers in Athens. As a punishment, he can choose between drinking a glass of the poisonous hemlock or being exiled. While the poison would certainly kill him, he still chose this option. But, as Socrates was fully convinced of the existence of an afterlife, he is not afraid in the final moments before drinking the hemlock.
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