Socrates

Socrates

Socrates

Socrates was born in Athens on 470BC and died on 399BC. Socrates was the son of Sophroniscus. Socrates received the regular elementary education in literature, music, and gymnastics. Later he familiarized himself with the Sophists. Socrates followed the talent of his father he also believed in the power of argument over writing. For that reason he spent the greater part of his life in the marketplace and public places of Athens, engaging in discussion and argument with anyone who would listen or who would submit to questioning. Socrates was unattractive in appearance and short of height but was also very tough and self-controlled. He enjoyed life greatly and achieved social popularity because of his ready wit and a keen sense of humor.
Socrates was very obedient to the laws of Athens. He believed that he had received a call to practice philosophy and could serve his country best by devoting himself to teaching. He wrote no books and set up no regular school of philosophy. All that is known about his personality and his way of thinking is taken from the works of two of his well-known scholars: Plato, and the historian Xenophon. Plato portrayed Socrates as hiding behind a profession

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