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Gustave Courbet, 'The Woman in the Waves', Painted in 1868. Courbet courted controversy and had a passion for overthrowing the lofty idealism, dictates and unrealities of the French Academy and offered instead images of the unflinching realities of real people's lives. In this painting, he powerfully subverts the trope of The Birth of Venus going against the ideals of the academy in every way possible.
The last moment of Socrates, oh, the mysterious last moment that have plagued scholars, made the best of philosophers scratch their heads. Why did Socrates urged his followers to pay the debt to Asclepius? After all, Asclepius was the Greek God of healing. What did Socrates want to be healed of after dying? Isn't after dying you don't need to be healed of anything? Didn't Socrates, the father of western philosophy, know that? Or, was it that Socrates, according to Friedrich Nietzsche, wanted to