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Socrates is a central figure in western philosophy, little is actually known about him. He left no writings of his own, and what is known is derived largely from two of his pupils, Plato and Xenophon, and scraps from ancient authors. According to one ancient source Socrates was born in Athens in the fourth year of the 77th Olympiad on the sixth day of month of Thargelion. He lived (469-399) during the century that has been called the Golden Age of Athens. The Greeks had stopped the Persians at Marathon in 490 and turned them away for good in 480/479 at Salamis and Plataea. Although he was a favorite pupil of Archelaus, eventually he gave up on these “pre-Socratic” philisophies and was attracted to the topics raised by the Sophists.
Even though there is a little evidence that Socrates did much to make a living, some sources say that he was employed on the stone-work of the draped figures of the Graces on the Acropolis. This is not unlikely since this work was commissioned by Pericles, as a public works project, when Socrates was a young man. Although Socrates never seems to be engaged in work, he did have some small savings to entrust to the care of a friend at the same time of his death. Some people believe he lived off a small inheritance from his father. Earlier in life he had enough money to own a suit of armor when he was a hoplite in the Atherian military. This was the middle class branch of the service in the Atherian democracy. The rich provided the cavalry, the poor rowed for the Athenian fleet or served as marines. Socrates was married at least once and had three children. His best know and, perhaps only, wife was Xanthippe. Xanthippe did not share Socrates interest in philosophy.

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