In 399 BC, the philosopher Socrates was sentenced to die by drinking hemlock. But why did the Athenians decide to punish the famed philosopher so severely?
We finish up our chores in Phocis, talk to Herodotus at Thermopylae, and then head over to Athens, the greatest city in Greece.
One cannot examine the Athenian scoundrel Alcibiades without providing a potted history of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC).
Tim Whitmarsh’s book challenges the modernist notion that atheism is a post-Enlightenment phenomenon and traces the ancient history of those who “battled the gods”.
In ancient Greece, serious crimes were punishable by death. What forms did the death penalty take in Classical Athens?
There are many portraits of the Athenian philosopher Socrates. But do these accurately reflect what he might have looked like?