Ship from Delos

================================================== Image of Athenian ShipOrdinarily, a person sentenced to death in Athens would have been executed rather quickly. Socrates, however, spent nearly a month in prison. The execution was postponed because it conflicted with a religious observance. Every year a sacred ship set sail on a round trip voyage to the island of Delos. During its absence, the citizens of Athens were to remain "pure," a requirement which, among other things, delayed executions. The ship in question began its journey about the time of Socrates' trial and is just now returning.

Athenian Trireme
Artist: Ru Dien-Jen