Five years after his return from potidaea, with the first phase of the peloponnesian wars at its height, socrates fought at the battle of delium the battle, in 424 bc, provides the proved his fearlessness the soldier- philosopher had become a martyr, securing his fame and influence, which lasts to this day. Prior to his political career in athens, anytus served as a general in the peloponnesian war blamed for losing pylos to the spartans, anytus faced charges of treason, but was acquitted--with the help of a well-placed jury bribe, according to several accounts anytus gained influence in athens by playing a leading role in the. Socrates was a combat soldier during the peloponnesian war this aspect when it is the effect is striking this is especially clear in the interpretation of socrates by the italian master of neoclassical sculpture antonio canova in a series of four tion of the museo canoviano in passagno, canova addresses socrates' trial. Socrates' own commitments to his city influenced the trial's course, and those commitments were core parts of athenian political culture, shaping the in the words of pericles (in the funeral oration attributed to him in thucydides' history of the peloponnesian war): 'we regard the citizen who takes no part. The peloponnesian wars (the great war 431-404 bc) the peloponnesian wars were a series of conflicts between athens and sparta these wars also involved most of the greek world, because both athens and sparta had leagues, or alliances, which brought their allies into the wars as well the athenian thucydides.
Plato would write about the trial of socrates in his first essay the apology plato would later describe the trial of socrates as a doctor being persecuted by a pastry chef and judged by a jury of children still, socrates was not the only man to be executed in such a manner during the peloponnesian war, the. Life and work of the ancient greek philosopher socrates and the problem of the sources about him as a historical figure and philosopher he is said to participate in the peloponnesian war (431-04 bce) and that he married relatively late with xanthippe who was much younger from him she bore him three sons. In the time of the trial of socrates, the year 399 bc, the city-state of athens recently had perdured the trials and tribulations of spartan hegemony, the thirteen-month régime of the thirty tyrants, imposed consequent to the athenian defeat in the peloponnesian war (431–404 bc) at the request of the pro–sparta lysander.
Waterfield places socrates's trial in the perilous context of the recently-lost peloponnesian war and just-overthrown tyranny of the thirty it is a long while since i read this book (and i may be too influenced by my memories of if stone's the trial of socrates) but i do not recognize the book i read from the summary here. Plato more than once places in the mouth of his character socrates praise for sparta (protagoras 342b, crito 53a cf there are a number of important historical moments throughout the war leading up to socrates' trial that figure in the perception of him. Socrates' relationship to both men was no doubt responsible for his besmirched reputation as well as the accusations that ultimately led to his trial and execution 11most importantly, for our purposes, is alcibiades' role in the final defeat of the athenians in the peloponnesian war, the defeat of the navy at aegospotami.
The turmoil that clouded greece in the aftermath of the peloponnesian war influenced the trial of socrates and the philosophical arguments of plato and arist. The greek philosopher and logician (one who studies logic or reason) socrates was an important influence on plato (427–347 bce ) and had a major effect on ancient he participated in the peloponnesian war (431–04 bce ) when athens was crushed by the spartans, and he distinguished himself for his courage. Sparta did treat women as the equals of men, but what that meant, in effect, was only that women were encouraged to be just as masculine as men, and that they were encouraged to train for battle all this happened in 404 bc, right after the end of the peloponnesian war, and just five years before socrates' trial in 399. Socrates, one might say, gave us a philosophical definition of the good life socrates was born in 470, and he died in 399 his entire life he lived in athens during that time he experienced both the golden age of his native city, as well as athens' disastrous defeat at the end of the long and ruinous peloponnesian war.
Hughes does not know whom to believe she relates athens's errors during the peloponnesian war, which ended in 404 bc, just five years before the trial of socrates, yet she praises athenian democracy without any of xenophon's reservations xenophon and socrates both admired sparta, and xenophon. The philosopher also lived through (and fought in) debilitating wars, declared under the banner of demos-kratia – people power, democracy the peloponnesian conflict of the fifth century against sparta and her allies was criticised by many contemporaries as being without just cause although some in.
Socrates was found guilty and ultimately executed his trial and death have remained controversial until today this activity involves retrying socrates, using as the sources of evidence relevant platonic dialogues (euthyphro, republic, apology), aristophanes' clouds, thucydides' history of the peloponnesian war, and. The life and teachings of socrates (c 469-399 bc) stand at the foundation of western philosophy he lived in athens during a time of transition (athens' defeat at the hands of sparta in the peloponnesian war (431-404 bc) ended the golden age of athenian civilization) and had a tremendous influence on the athenian. Not even the amnesty that accompanied the restoration of athenian democracy in 403 bc could quell all the social and political animosities that the war and the rule of the thirty tyrants had exacerbated, and the most prominent casualty of this divisive bitterness was the famous philosopher socrates, whose trial for impiety. When the peloponnesian war began, socrates fought bravely for athens there aren't any it's not impossible that he was influenced by slightly earlier chinese philosophers like confucius and lao tsu, or by buddhist ideas from india socrates socrates had a big trial in front of an athenian jury he was.