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