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    (circa 450 BC-circa 379 BC)
    Wife of Socrates
    She was the prototypical-nagging housewife.
    In Xenophon's 'Symposium' Antisthenes described her as 'One of the most difficult women of times past, present, or future.'
    It is alleged that Alchabiades asked Socrates how he put up with her, to which he responded: 'To live with such a woman can be sometimes useful like breaking in a wild horse: then you are better prepared to face the others in the fighting area. Additionally, I got used to it by now: It is pretty much the same as one hears the endless sound of a winch.'
    After being asked about marriage, Socrates is said to have reflected on his own and replied 'Do what you want, either way you will regret it.'
    Socrates was once late in coming home, causing and argument between them. She then grabbed a bucket of water and doused him with it. Socrates' reply was: 'After thunder comes rain.'
    Her age is assumed, based on the dates of Socrates' life.
    Almost everything that we know about her is anecdotal, and Plato and Xenophon most likely exaggerated her character for comedic effect.
    She and Socrates married when he was 50 and she was quite younger. More than likely, he did not love her and only wanted children (they had three sons).
    She was devastated when her husband died.
    Socrates may have had a second wife. How many women will put up with that?
    Her husband spent all of his free time annoying the citizens of Athens or watching nude boys wrestle in a gymnasium.

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