Socrates in the ancient Agora
Life and Death of an Idealist
- Online Session
About the Tour
The ancient agoras, typical to any Ancient Greek city, were a place of gather and exchange, either of material goods or just of ideas. As a keen “word merchant”, who advocated that only an examined life was worth living, Socrates spent the best part of his life in the Agora of Athens, where the civic, political, and commercial heart of the city beat, seeking for prospective students. Based on various ancient authors, our mission is to stage various episodes of Socrate’s life among the surviving ruins of the Athenian Agora; such as the colonnaded porticoes, the stoas, serving as offices, law courts, exhibition rooms, and shops; or in the open square of the Agora near the benches set up by casual merchants and bankers; or even in the administrative buildings of the Agora, since Socrates was once allotted in the Senate of 500 and served his office with unconditional respect for the Athenian law. 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.
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