Socrates was an ancient greek philosopher one of the three greatest figures of the ancient period of western philosophy the others were plato and aristotle who lived in athens in the 5th century bcea legendary figure even in his own time he was admired by his followers for his integrity his self mastery his profound philosophical insight and his great argumentative skill. For socrates athens was a classroom and he went about asking questions of the elite and common man alike seeking to arrive at political and ethical truths socrates didnt lecture about what . The short answer isnobody really knows facts about socrates early life are sketchy and come to us mostly through the writings of his most famous student plato we know that socrates was born in athens greece around the year 469 bc his father sophroniscus was a stone cutter and his mother phaenarete was a midwife
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