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How much do you know about Socrates [quiz]

This March, the OUP Philosophy team honors Socrates (470-399 BC) as their Philosopher of the Month. As elusive as was a groundbreaking figure in the history of philosophy, this ancient thinker is perhaps best known as the mentor of Plato and the developer of the Socratic method. While Socrates remains to some degree mysterious, several ancient sources inform our modern understanding of his life and work.

How much do you know about Socrates? Test your knowledge with our quiz below!

Quiz image: David, The Death of Socrates. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Featured image: Vincent, Alcibiade recevant les leçons de Socrate. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. 

Recent Comments

  1. david marrie

    Socrates was not in fact sentenced to death – or rather – he had the option of Leaving Athens or suicide and chose the latter. So, two of the answers would have been correct, no?

  2. Glenn Fortin

    Socrates refused excile and chose death by poisoning

  3. Michael

    Glenn is right, yet too abstract.

    He was condemned to death by suicide (poison) , but when he allegedly had the chance of escaping , he chose to die in the hands of his students.

    Fun Trivia: As they were wiping , he turned to them and said: “Don’t cry, tears are a woman’s trait”.

  4. Ted Sendler

    Socrates was an Athenian entire life. The only time he even left Athens was to go to war. In his mind leaving Athens would have been giving up his identify.The only choice he had was to submit to whatever punishment the government handed down to him as an Athenian. For more information read the Crito. It’s all about his feelings on this subject.

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