Quotation by Oliver Taplin

The famous painting of The Death of Socrates by David ..., if set aside as a crucifixion picture, brings out a way in which Socrates' death was quite unlike that of Christ. While his disciples are in agonies of grief, Socrates himself remains calm and poised; his philosophy has saved him from pain and passion. Christ, on the contrary, dies after hours of torment and doubt. Socrates imperturbably takes the cup of hemlock: Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane cries out, "Take this cup from me."
Oliver Taplin, British classical scholar. "Ideas: The Uneasy Marriage of Minds," Greek Fire: The Influence of Ancient Greece on the Modern World, Atheneum (1990).
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