Maintenance in the Prytaneum

================================================== Socrates has the seeming audacity to propose as his punishment that he receive free meals, an honor ordinarily reserved for Olympian athletes and other state benefactors. Such meals would be provided in the Tholos, the official state dining room. Does Socrates have a death wish or what?

Scholars debate whether this proposal, or his subsequent offer to pay a fine (financed by his friends), is a serious offer to the counter-penalty of execution as proposed by Meletus. Certainly, from a moral perspective, Socrates feels he has done the state a favor and his inquires worthy of reward. In any event, Socrates' proposal is not a "penalty" in the eyes of the law and, given that the jury is required to choose either the defendant's or prosecutor's sentence, the vote for the death penalty is overwhelming.

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Artist: Ru Dien-Jen