April 12, 2024

prison of socrates

Philopappos Hill, also known as the Hill of the Muses, is often overlooked due to its proximity to the more famous Acropolis. But the presence of a large monument at the summit – clearly visible from the Parthenon – called to us this afternoon and so we set out to hike to the top and discover what exactly was there. Meandering through the forest we came upon a series of caves with bars on them and realized we had stumbled upon something much more interesting than any monument; we had found the legendary prison of Socrates. And while I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss why Socrates was imprisoned, why he believed it would be unjust to try to escape, and why he drank from the cup of poison hemlock without protest, somebody was obsessed with the prevalence of bees buzzing around the entrance and so, unlike Socrates, we beat a hasty retreat.


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