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Born: 470 BC
Died: 399 BC.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Philosophers

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470 BC - He was born in Athens, Greece. A Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy.

403 - When the democratic constitution of Athens was overthrown for a brief time, four years before his trial, he did not leave the city, as did many devoted supporters of democratic rule, including his friend Chaerephon, who had gone to Delphi many years earlier to ask the oracle whether anyone was wiser than Socrates.

400 BC - At age 70, he was brought to trial on a charge of impiety and sentenced to death by poisoning (the poison probably being hemlock) by a jury of his fellow citizens

399 BC - The trial of Socrates occurred soon after Athens's defeat at the hands of Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.

         - He died in Athens.

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