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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

Socrates, 399 BC

The renowned philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death by poisoning. Due to his respect for the institution, Socrates submitted to the punishment, drinking a cup of hemlock. This was a standard method of execution at the time, called the “State Poison.”

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