[The Agora]

The Prison

This building was probably the state prison - it contains 8 square rooms which could have been cells, 4 rooms for guards, a courtyard, and only one entrance. See plan.

There are provisions for bathing. Imprisonment was not a common sentence in Athens (fines, exile or death were preferred) but it was here that Socrates was held in 399 BC pending execution. A large number of small medicine bottles which could have contained have been found, and also a small statuette of Socrates.

Small earthenware pots which could have been used
to hold a measured dose of pounded hemlock

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