Aristotle refusing the hemlock (?). Oil painting by a painter in the circle of G.B. Langetti.
- Langetti, Giovanni Battista, 1625-1676.
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The story circulated in antiquity that the philosopher Aristotle was indicted for impiety and required to follow the example of Socrates by poisoning himself, but that he refused to drink the hemlock and fled instead to Chalcis with the remark that he "would not give the Athenians a second chance to sin against philosophy". This is assumed to be the subject of the present picture, though no other painting of the subject has been identified