What Role Did Socrates Play in Ancient Greece?

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| What Role Did Socrates Play in Ancient Greece? | Natalia Gonzalez | | Mr. Pellegrini, 2A | 3/24/2010 |

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What Role Did Socrates Play in Ancient Greece?

In the leading city of Athens 2,500 years ago during the Golden Age, a peculiar philosopher was born into the reign of Pericles. Socrates went against common religion, influenced social roles and people, and was the founder of the Socratic Method. Religious opinions affected Socrates’ life a great deal. Whereas most Athenians observed polytheism and
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They were very popular but loathed at the same time because of the financial problems they were causing. For example, the most famous sophist was called Corax. He had a student called Tisias who refused to pay the fee for his classes, he said “Before I started, you promised you would teach me to persuade anyone to do whatever I wanted. Let me now persuade you not to ask for your fee. If you still demand it, you did not do what you promised, therefore I owe you nothing.” However, Socrates discredited this, “However, not one of these things is true; nor, if you have heard from anyone that I attempt to teach men and require payment, is this true.” (Plato, n.d.). Socrates irritated people by insisting things that could not be true. Critobulus, who was considered by many to be the most handsome man in Athens. However, Socrates, with his protruding eyes and large nose insisted he was more stunning than Critobulus. Socrates defended this by saying things such as “Because while yours see straight ahead, mine, by bulging out as they do, see also to the sides,” and “Mine, I consider, granting that Providence made us noses to smell with. For your nostrils look down toward the ground, but mine are wide open and turned outward so that I can catch scents from all around.” (Zannos, 2004). Another story of Socrates impacting the life of an individual is shown by the dialogue that he had with a young man he met at a wrestling school named Lysis. Socrates admitted to
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