Socrates is certainly one of the most
admired figures in history, and was born in the city of Athens in
470 B.C. He was liked by many Athenians yet he was disliked by
most. At the age of 70 he was convicted of atheism, treason and corruption
of the youth of Athens, and was sentenced to death by poisoning. Socrates
heroically drank the poison surrounded by many followers.
Plato a student of Socrates considered the murder of his
teacher by the democracy of Athens a great crime against Philosophy.
Though Socrates wrote nothing of his own we know of his philosophies through
playwrights, historians, and other philosophers of his
Socrates led a noble life spending much of his time in
the Agora (Marketplace) where he held conversations with the citizens of
Athens. He is most remembered for his strong moral beliefs, believing
that people carry out evil out of ignorance and in essence are inherently
He taught his philosophy by questioning those who listened
to him on the streets of Athens, and showed them that the answers they often
had for questions were insufficient. He formed a very large
following among the disillusioned youth of Athens, but the citizens of
Athens in large mistrusted him as a result of his views on religion and his
disregard of what others thought.
Socrates formed many enemies in the city of Athens as a
result of his teachings. His teachings were thought as destabilizing
to the city of Athens, even though in heart they supported the foundations
of its' democracy.