Socrates Timeline


470 BC: Socrates born, son of sculptor.

450 BC: As a teenager, Socrates worked with his  his dad carrying on the family tradition of stonemasonry. It is said that he even worked on the Statue of the Three Graces which stood near the Acropolis until 2 AD. He worked as a stonemason for many years before becoming a philosopher .

445 BC: Athenian law declared that all able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 60 were to serve in the Greek army. Socrates was said to have been a very honorable warrior who fought in a number of extremely important battles. In one of these battles, it is said that he saved a future war commissioner for Greece.

435 BC: Socrates married a young woman named Xanthippe who bore him three sons - Lamprocles, Menexenus and Sophronicus.

431 BC: Peloponnesian War begins (Athens v. Sparta)

418 BC: Socrates fights in Battle of Mantinea as a hoplite (armored soldier). Battle is lost. Socrates would have been around 52.

407 BC: Socrates meets Plato. A meeting that will eventually reshape the way people think.  

404 BC: Peloponnesian War ends. Athens’ empire is dismantled.

399 BC: Socrates executed on charges of brainwashing the youth. 

398 BC: Plato flees to Megara with other followers of Socrates.

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