May 2011

Why did the Athenians
Kill Socrates?
Robert Wallace
Professor of Classics, Northwestern

Tuesday, May 10, 5:30-8:30pm
19 South Wabash, 2d floor

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30
followed by discussion and more cocktails.    
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

The execution of Sokrates is widely considered to be the greatest crime of Athens' democracy and an argument against democratic government. Our impression of that event, however, is based largely on Plato's defense speech, which Professor Wallace will reveal to be a lawyer's masterpiece of suppression, distortion, and half-truth. Wallace will also construct a new case for the plaintiffs.  It's not required, but we recommend (re-)reading Plato's Apology.  It is short and it is one of the best known works in all of literature.  Free downloads: html, kindle and other formats, audio book.

Robert Wallace-- a graduate of Columbia University, Oxford, and Harvard -- is Professor of Classics at Northwestern University.  He is also a long-time member of the Cigar Society. He works on all things Greek between 800 and 300 BC, including history, literature, philosophy, law, numismatics, ancient music theory, and (most recently) Sokrates.  

Coming up

Tuesday, May 17
Dr. Reem Safi, An Eyewitness Report on Current Events in Libya.
19 S. Wabash, 2d floor.

Tuesday, May 24
Emmy and Telly award winner Alfred Rasho on Making Short Documentary Films.
19 S. Wabash, 2d floor.

In June thru August the Cigar Society will meet every nice Tuesday at the Ceres Cafe, outdoors, next to the Board of Trade Building and Jack Schwartz cigars.


Plato's Apology 

Free downloads: html, kindle and other formats, audio book.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at