Socrates: Wise and Influential

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Socrates: Wise and Influential Look into the eyes of the bust of Socrates and you can almost see what he saw in the universe. It looks as though his wisdom is unsurmountable, as he did believe himself to be the most brilliant man in the universe, while also knowing for sure: the only thing he knows is that he doesn’t know anything. Unlike the famous Kouros statues that were all alike and used for a certain purpose of a grave maker, or shrine to the gods, the portrait of Socrates shows depth and importance. During the classical period it became increasingly common for Greek sculptures to depict more realistic forms. The portrait of Socrates details a man who was not afraid to ask hard questions, it also puts across the point that he may …show more content…
Socrates did not dislike democracy but, while trying to avoid politics as a whole, couldn’t imagine “how to tell other people how to live their lives when he didn’t know how to live his own” (“Socrates”). The creation of this statue marks the point in Greek history where the gods began to lose their influence on the Greeks. The Gods that were thought to interact with the humans and were a part of nature to the Greek civilization, slowly but surely became more supernatural in the eyes of the Greeks. The fact that an artist, or an expert in a particular techne, would rather create an image of a famous man than one of the gods provides evidence to support that the gods were indeed losing their influence over Athens and the other Greek poleis. It can be seen in Plato’s Euthypro Socrates’ ideas of the Gods. He is arguing with Euthypro about his ideas of religion and things being just or unjust, pious and impious. Socrates waits to hear Euthypro’s thoughts on the ideas and why they are to be the way they are; he then picks apart the ideas of the gods and gives the idea that things can’t be good or bad based on the thoughts of all the gods because the gods, like humans, had disagreements about such things. If one god believed something to be one way, and another differed, then how can humans believe their actions to be good or bad, just or unjust, in the eyes of all the gods, when even the gods themselves had disputes about such ideas? This is discussion between

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