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The Death of Socrates

Post  AgathonZante on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:56 pm

Do we know the date that Socrates died, such as the day, month and year? I know that an execution was forbidden at that time until the ship returned from Delos, so perhaps that can give us some idea.
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Re: The Death of Socrates

Post  Erodius on Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:37 pm

Hm, I've never heard of any specific date being given. Notations or even estimations of those don't usually start appearing until about the first century BCE. I would say it is probably doubtful that anybody kept that specific of a record to include the month or day. However, most scholarly sources I know of place the trial and execution, based on historical details, at some time in what would be, for us, the earlier end of the 390's BCE.

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