In 399 bc, when socrates was an old man, three citizens—meletus, anytus and lycon—brought charges against socrates a trial was held a trial was held in ancient athens the procedure was quite different from the present day. T wo thousand four hundred years ago, one man tried to discover the meaning of life his search was so radical, charismatic and counterintuitive that he become famous throughout the mediterranean men – particularly young men – flocked to hear him speak some were inspired to imitate his ascetic habits. Yet socrates found, in conversation with the man, that he consistently overestimated the extent of his knowledge and wisdom the politician pretended to know things that he really knew nothing about. In 399 bc, when socrates was an old man, three citizens—meletus, anytus and lycon—brought charges against socrates a trial was held he did not try to avoid death by apologizing for his actions because he thought it was morally right to stand by his principles socrates was ordered to drink a cup of hemlock (a poisonous liquid got from.
Xenophon was a practical man whose ability to recognize philosophical issues is almost imperceptible, so it is plausible that his socrates appears as such a practical and helpful advisor because that is the side of socrates xenophon witnessed.
To understand socrates and his thought, one must turn primarily to the works of plato, whose dialogues are thought the most informative source about socrates's life and philosophy, and also xenophon these writings are the sokratikoi logoi, or socratic dialogues, which consist of reports of conversations apparently involving socrates. That is plato's socrates, who is nonetheless not resigned to his ignorance, but it is not xenophon's socrates who believes that there are important things that man can know if he seeks to know himself, eg that moral virtue is knowledge of the good and self-watchfulness (indeed according to xenophon's apology, socrates is wise. Plato was his most famous student and would teach aristotle who would then tutor alexander the great by this progression, greek philosophy, as first developed by socrates, was spread throughout the known world during alexander's conquests socrates was born c 469/470 bce to the sculptor sophronicus and the mid-wife phaenarete.
The accused was found guilty his punishment: state-sponsored suicide, courtesy of a measure of hemlock poison in his prison cell the man was socrates, the philosopher from ancient athens and arguably the true father of western thought not bad, given his humble origins the son of a stonemason, born around 469bc, socrates was famously odd. The answer to the question of whether there is or is not a particular excellence that is proper to man (and if so, what that excellence is), and as well to the individual man, is, as is all socratic philosophy, an answer that must stand to the tests of reason and experience or be refuted by those tests and to presume that one knows the answer to that question without such testing is conceited ignorance, the very foolishness socrates most did not want (apology 22d-e. (and of course, we wouldn’t have plato’s records at all if he hadn’t written them down — which socrates, true to his word, never did — and similarly, trimethius had to have his treatise printed in order to achieve any sort of mass circulation. Socrates left no writings, and the main sources of information about his life and teachings are the writings of his students xenophon and plato he is the main character in most of plato’s dialogues. Through his portrayal in plato's dialogues, socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this platonic socrates who lends his name to the concepts of socratic irony and the socratic method, or elenchus.
Socrates the soldier (charmides was a mere boy when socrates left athens and is now a young man, implying he has been gone for several years with the army) but when alcibiades fell wounded, it was socrates who stood over him and defended him, and with the most conspicuous bravery saved him, armour and all the prize of valour fell to. Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more get started now. Queenslander bill hayden said malcolm fraser was a man who stood by his word mr hayden served as opposition leader for six years to mr fraser and, if not for political twists, would most likely. The death of socrates, 1787, by jacques louis david photograph: world history archive / alamy two thousand four hundred years ago, one man tried to discover the meaning of life his search was so.
Socrates (sŏk`rətēz), 469–399 bc, greek philosopher of athens famous for his view of philosophy as a pursuit proper and necessary to all intelligent men, he is one of the great examples of a man who lived by his principles even though they ultimately cost him his life knowledge of the man and his teachings comes indirectly from certain. Socrates the soldier and that you may not think that i show you the example of a man who is a solitary person, who has neither wife nor children, nor country, nor friends nor kinsmen, by whom he could be bent and drawn in various directions, take socrates and observe that he had a wife and children, but he did not consider them as his own. Socrates (469/470-399 bce) was a greek philosopher and is considered the father of western philosophy plato was his most famous student socrates (469/470-399 bce) was a greek philosopher and is considered the father of western philosophy.
What is wisdom socrates and the known unknowns socrates’ career began when the oracle at delphi claimed that he was the wisest man alive once word of this got around, socrates had a. The staff used by socrates and the cynics was typically called a bakteria, which is the same word used to describe the staff carried by spartan officers, and used to beat helot slaves and discipline their subordinates we don’t know much about socrates’ use of the staff.