Thought to be the son of a stone-mason, this famous Athenian philosopher believed in teaching through encouraging and challenging others to question their beliefs, preconceptions and prejudices.
He wrote nothing himself: it is mainly through Plato's early dialogues and Xenophon's memoirs that we know about his teaching methods and personality. He condemned the often glib, ready-made rules for success as offered by the Sophists, and regarded it as his duty to shake people out of ill-founded complacency.
He was condemned to death in Athens in 399BC, aged 70, and forced to drink hemlock.
|dimensions etc||Height including his base: 21cm|
|material||Surprisingly light, but fragile, he is made of keramin - a plaster/polymer compound with an ochre finish applied by hand. The base is dark grey faux-marble.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece.|
head of Sokrates
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