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Transcript of Socrates
Socrates Later Life
Socrates was married to Xanthippe, and then Myrto. Xanthippe gave birth to Lamprocles, Socrates first son. Socrates married Myrto while he was still married to Xanthippe because of a shortage of males. Myrto gave birth to Socrates second and third sons named Sophroniscus and Menexenus.
Socrates fought with courage during his time in the Athenian military. . Even though he helped Athens win many wars, society considered him a threat to the democracy. With this, the trial that would end his life started.
Trial of Socrates
Athens called on a group of rulers nicknamed "The Thirty" to decide the fate of Socrates. These rulers were cruel tyrants, executing a number of wealthy Athenians. The rulers came to an agreement in 3 hours. Socrates had 3 hours to defend himself. "The Thirty" came to and agreement of which Socrates would drink hemlock poison which would kill him
Socrates Early Life
"An unexamined life
is not worth living"
"To find yourself,
think for yourself
"By all means marry: if you get a
good wife, you'll become happy;
If you get a bad wife,
you'll become a philosopher"
Socrates was born incredibly ugly. He was exophthalmic, meaning his eyes bulged out of his head and focused sideways. He had a snub nose, which made him resemble a pig, and many people have written that he had a potbelly. He didn't do anything to make him look better, often wearing the same sandals and clothes throughout the day. His family was not poor, but nowhere near wealthy. He was born in the political district of Alopece to Sophroniscus, a stonemason, and Phaenarete, a midwife.
By the middle of the 5th century B.C.E, all Athenian males were taught to read and write. Socrates was sensational at poetry, gifted at music, and at home in the gymnasium. Sophroniscus taught Socrates a trade, but Socrates did not labor at it on a daily basis. Instead, he would spend his days in the agora asking questions to those who would listen.
Ancient Greek court had three hours for the defendant to defend themselves and three hours for the jury to decide. This means that the trial of Socrates was over in a matter of about 6 hours.
Hemlock is a noxious weed native to North Africa and Europe. Its scientific name is conium maculatum.