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Socrates in the ancient Agora II

Death of an Idealist


1 hour




About the Tour

Why was Socrates condemned by the Athenian people in 399 BC? How did his allegations of an inner voice or divine sign that guided him in life scandalize his contemporaries? In what sense were his ethics considered as conflicting with traditional religion, and standard social mores? Follow us on a thrilling tour staging Socrates’ last days among the surviving ruins of the Athenian Agora, the civic, political and commercial heart of ancient Athens.

While accused of impiety, Socrates was often witnessed sacrificing on the altars of the Agora, such as the Altar of the Twelve Gods; he must have also often visited its temples, such as the magnificent Temple of Athena and Hephaistos, marveling at their statues and wondering about the nature of the divine. His footsteps still resonate among the humble remains of Simon the Cobbler’s house, Socrates’ favorite hangout, where he frequently met with his youngest students, “corrupting” them with his innovative ideas.

Our portrayal of this unique philosopher will culminate around the legal proceedings leading to his end, mainly in the alleged site of the most important court, Heliaia, where Socrates was tried and sentenced to death; and in the State prison where he was eventually executed, drinking the hemlock most willingly, like a genuine Idealist who embraced death as the greatest of all goods, that would allow him to depart into eternity.


This tour has been designed for virtual presentation. This is a group that accommodates up to 20 participants at a time. Once you book this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to join the session. You can access the tour via the link provided


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Your Instructor

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Anthi is a Classical archaeologist/art historian who has graduated from Oxford University (MA, PhD). She has participated in excavations, scientific projects and conferences in Greece, Cyprus and abroad. Her research has been focused on Greek vase painting, iconography, and mythology, with further interests in women studies, social history, ancient Greek theatre, and cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean world, and has been published extensively in international peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

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