The Art of History

Statue of Seated Socrates

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Socrates (470 BC?399 BC) was a Classical Greek philosopher that in part, provided a foundation for Western philosophy. The most reliable source of information concerning Socrates is Plato. However, classical scholars disagree as to whether a historically accurate portrayal of Socrates can be extracted from any of the sources. Even Plato is alleged to create an incompatible portrayal of Socrates: his dialogues portray Socrates as a teacher who denies having disciples, as a man of reason who obeys a divine voice in his head, and a pious man who is executed for the state's own expediency; Socrates disparages the pleasures of the senses, yet is excited by beauty; he is devoted to the education of the citizens of Athens, yet indifferent to his own sons. Dimensions: 11"W X 13"H X 6"D

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 05 October, 2007.

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