jueves, 23 de abril de 2009

Socrates / 10 facts about

SOCRATES (469-399 B.C.)
Socrates was born in 469 or 470 B.C. in Alopeke, a village (deme) under the jurisdiction of Athens.

He was the son of Sophroniscus and Phainarete. Sophroniscus was a stonemason and Socrates may have also trained as a stonemason.
His circumstances, it seems, were reasonably prosperous -- he was a hoplite, or heavy infantryman, in the army and had to supply his own weapons and armor.
Socrates married Xanthippe later in his life, and had three sons. The oldest of them, Lamprocles, was eighteen years old at the time of Socrates's death.

Habits and Appearance
Socrates had no regular occupation and was by poor by choice, always wearing the same thin cloak and walking barefoot in all weathers. He was considered to be extremely ugly, with bulging eyes and a snub nose. He was normally to be found in the agora, the square or marketplace that formed the civic center of Athens.

Military Experience
Socrates fought bravely in at least three campaigns in the Peloponnesian War -- at Potidaea (432 B.C. -- aged 37), at Delium (424 B.C. -- aged 45) and at Amphipolis (422 B.C. -- aged 47)

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