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Posted on July 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or dying by drinking a cup of hemlock. In his 1787 masterpiece, Jacques Louis David shows Socrates prepared to die and discoursing on the immortality of the soul with his grief-stricken disciples. 

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