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    An American archaeologist claims to have found the ancient prison where the philosopher Socrates was incarcerated and died of hemlock poisoning.

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    An American archaeologist claims to have found the ancient prison where the philosopher Socrates was incarcerated and died of hemlock poisoning.

    Mr. Eugene Vanderpool said he had identified the prison by comparing the topography of the building with the references to the prison in Plato's dialogues "Apology", "Crito" and "Phaedo".

    The limestone building, near the Agora, the ancient market place of Athens, was discovered twenty-five years ago during excavations by the American school. It was simply called the "limestone buildings" because its use was not definitely established.

    The ruin dated from the fifth century BC and consisted of three structures.

    Among the finds were thirteen phials about 1 1/2 inches (3 1/2 cms) high. They seemed suitable for medicine.

    Mr. Vanderpoool said each phial could take two grams of hemlock which was given to convicts diluted with water.

    Socrates was put to death by the Athenians in 399 BC when he was given hemlock to drink.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9965Y02BIWBQ8QPYNRLBIUOF0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9965Y02BIWBQ8QPYNRLBIUOF0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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