Socrates’ Children

Socrates had three children with his wife, Xanthippe. They were Lamprocles, Sophoniscus, and Menexenus.

Lamprocles was the eldest of the three, and Menexenus was the youngest. All three were only children when Socrates underwent trial and was eventually sentenced to death. According to Socrates himself, he did not help out much in raising his three sons and was instead more involved in intellectual discussions with other Athenian boys. The philosopher Aristotle remarked that all three sons of Socrates grew up to be “fools and dullards.”