Portrait of the ancient greek philosopher Socrates

Portrait of the ancient greek philosopher Socrates

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Caption: Socrates. Coloured portrait of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (c.470-399 BC). While Socrates did fight in the Peloponnesian War against Sparta, most of his life was spent in discussion with the philosophers and ordinary citizens of Athens. He was responsible for the development of a critical attitude to established ideas in philosophy and science. Although Socrates did not write any books, his ideas were passed on by his pupil Plato. In 399, found guilty of corrupting the young of Athens and neglecting the city's gods, he was forced to kill himself by drinking hemlock.

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