Socrates always emphasized the importance of the mind over the relative unimportance of the human body.
But it was the critical reception and popularity of The Death of Socrates that both cemented the style and brought it to the attention of the world. He used his skills as a painter to benefit their cause whenever possible. Possibly the defiant tone of his defense contributed to the verdict and he made things worse during the deliberation over his punishment.
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As in any peace agreement, it takes some time for all the combatants to accept that the conflict has ended—but that is where we are. Is he interesting merely as a predecessor to Plato?
It is believed Socrates worked as mason for many years before he devoted his life to philosophy. The implication that he was guided by something he regarded as divine or semi-divine was all the more reason for other Athenians to be suspicious of Socrates.
Notably, the colors grow more vibrant toward the center of the painting, thus drawing our eyes to Socrates and the young man holding the cup of poison.
All authors present their own interpretations of the personalities and lives of their characters, whether they mean to or not, whether they write fiction or biography or philosophy if the philosophy they write has charactersso other criteria must be introduced for deciding among the contending views of who Socrates really was.
However, Plato pointed out that in the eyes of his students, Socrates possessed a different kind of attractiveness, not based on a physical ideal but on his brilliant debates and penetrating thought.