Richard Beck at Experimental Theology writes:
I’ve been thinking since my last post about the virtue contrasts between the early Christians and the Greeks, the Stoics in particular. I’d mentioned that the Greeks privileged self-control while the Christians gave love pride of place…
Socrates died the ideal Greek death. Self-composed, stoical, and philosophical. While his students grieved and wept, Socrates calmly drank the hemlock that would kill him.
Jesus, by contrast, sweats blood in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus resists death and is in agony as he faces it. A far cry from Socrates.