There are plenty who felt that after his sentencing he could have escaped his punishment but he was soundly of the mind that he had reached the end of his road and that it was his time to die.
Socrates Fact Sheet: Who was Socrates? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Socrates.
Socrates Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 470 BC – 399 BC *** Full Name: Socrates *** Occupation: Greek Classical Philosopher *** Date of Birth: Socrates was born in 470 BC *** Place of Birth: Socrates was born in Deme Alopeke, Athens, Greece *** Family background: His father was Sophroniscus who was a sculptor and stonemason and his mother was Phaenarete and a midwife *** Early life and childhood: He grew up *** Education: Socrates would have received what education was available to him through his parents ***
Socrates Fact 1: Socrates was born in 470 BC and during the 4th century BC period in history when Classical Greek civilization was at its height with the arts, literature and philosophy spreading far and wide throughout the eastern Mediterranean lands.
Socrates Fact 3: He married Xanthippe and together they had three children, three sons, Lamprocles, Sophroniscus and Menexenus.
Socrates Fact 8: Socrates, instead of carrying out the instructions to given to him, simply returned to his home.
Socrates Fact 9: His home at this time was going through what could be described as a dramatic transition. From having been an hegemony in the classical world, after a humiliating defeat by the Spartans Athena entered a period of huge instability and great doubt as to their place in the world.
Socrates Fact 10: Many of the Athenians were great admirers of Socrates’ views but there were an equal number who became angry because they felt their way of life being threatened and destroyed with a future full of uncertainty.
Socrates Fact 11: There is also the crucial point that at this time in history, with the outcome of the Peloponnesian War and all the instability caused, that the simple Athenian was having grave doubts about the efficiency of democracy being an effectual enough form of government.
Socrates Fact 15: His whole dilemma began when Chaerephon, a friend of Socrates, asked the oracle of Delphi, if there were anyone wiser than Socrates. The oracle proclaimed that no one was wiser than Socrates.
Socrates Fact 17: This set off a chain of events that had Socrates questioning all and anyone he felt was wiser than him because he believed he had no wisdom, but because he was the only person to know he was not wise, meant he could be conceived as wise and thus no one could be wiser than him.
Socrates Fact 18: During his trial as Socrates attempted to relay this to those of the court it began to become clear that he was making them feel inferior and so angered that they felt that way and so Socrates was found guilty of corruption of the minds of the young and also of impiety.
Socrates Fact 20: It was felt that he had amble opportunity to escape, bribing a prison guard was not unheard of, but it was said that Socrates believed it was his time to die and wished it to be so
Socrates Fact 21: Socrates took his poison and died in 399 BC in Athens aged seventy one years.
Influence and Legacy of Socrates: Socrates would be proclaimed one of the greatest philosophers of our time and the founder of Western philosophy.
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