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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