February 15 CU at Joslyn
"Pharmakon, Sacrifice and the Death of Socrates" with Ross Romero
2 - 3 pm

Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID, and $5 for the general public.

CU at Joslyn is supported by the Criss Foundation.

"Pharmakon, Sacrifice and the Death of Socrates" presented by Ross Romero, S.J., Philosophy


In 399 B.C.E., the philosopher Socrates was executed by the city of Athens for corrupting the youth and for not believing in the gods of the city (impiety). In his dialogue, the Phaedo, Plato describes the final hours of Socrates’ life and the events of the execution. In light of the charge of impiety, it is remarkable that at his death Socrates performs many religious rituals including offering to sacrifice a rooster to Asclepius, the god of healing. This presentation will examine how Socrates’ death appears as a self-sacrifice that exhibits the philosopher as fully embodied humanity and not as a separated soul that floats away into the afterlife.



Image: Jean-François-Pierre Peyron (1744-1814), The Death of Socrates, 1788, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase with additional funds from the Robert H. and Mildred T. Storz Trust; E. James and Norma Fuller; Joseph and Lenore Polack; First National Bank of Omaha; The Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; Jacqueline Vrana; and Thomas and Cynthia McGowan, 1999.55.

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