Guess what happened on this day way back in 470 (Or 469) BCE? Can’t guess? Good thing I have a big mouth then, hu?
Today happens to be Socrates’ Birthday. (I hope someone remembered to get a cake).
Now there are alot of images out there of Socrates, even though none of his many writings survived the tests of time. So I chose one, which seems to be the most common.
Everyone, meet Socrates….
Kind of looks like he was related to Santa Clause, doesn’t he? Well, he didn’t have a thing to do with Christmas, I don’t think, but he was a famous Greek Philosopher. Because his writings disappeared, we have to reply on other sources to tell us all about him and what he believed in. Sources such as Aristophanes, who wrote a humorous play about him called The Clouds, Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle.
Now, while Socrates–like most Greeks–loved his fill of wine (and then some) he was also said to be a soldier. Sources say he was praised and given honor for his bravery (Plato said) but then was also convicted of impiety by the Athenians. That means he had absolute no respect for a god or any gods. However, sources also claim that it wasn’t that he had no respect for a god, but that he had no respect for the Athenian Judicial system. You know how it is….you snarl at the present laws and someone wants to make you drink Hemlock (a poison) and then kill you because of it. Which, is what happened to Socrates.
A really great web page concerning this man can be found HERE.
So, if you are out and about, having a few drinks or conversing the deep thoughts of philosophy…then think of ol’ Socrates. Happy Birthday Socrates!!!!
Want more? Ancient Calendar.