Submitted by ub on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 01:33

We enter the new year with words of wisdom from an old philosopher.

Socrates was born 470 BC, in Athens, Greece. We know of his life through the writings of Plato. His "Socratic method," laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned, Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 BC. He accepted this judgment rather than fleeing into exile.

Before his death, Socrates married Xanthippe, a younger woman. She was not happy with Socrates's profession and complained that he wasn’t supporting family as a philosopher. By his own words, Socrates had expressed far more interest in the intellectual development of Athens.