these are days for those who cry. not from guilt, but from longing. matthew describes peter crying over jesus, so does bach, and durer. this description is part of a cluster of motifs summoned in literary descriptions of martyrdom of cultural heroes. jesus’ death is held up by the passover, and he is embalmed before death, and the rooster’s crow is climactic. all this harks back to the tale of socrates, whose death is held up by the boats coming in for the festival, who bathes ritually before death, and whose last words mention the rooster of asclepius. foremost, peter’s weeping echoes the weeping of this entourage of socrates.
every hero has a wardrobe of attributes and that wardrobe includes a death story of mythical proportions.
Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates (1787)