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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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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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Abbey Clarke

Abbey Clarke is a writer and editorial assistant living in Jersey City. She's a player on a D&D podcast called Knife Errant, wrote her senior thesis on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is working on a novel about a semi-reformed demon who runs a library. You can follow her on Twitter at @abbeybookaholic.

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