Socrates and Xanthippe
Historical Figure
Nationality: Athens
Occupation: Housewife
Spouse: Socrates
Turtledove Appearances:
"The Daimon"
POD: 415 BCE
Type of Appearance: Direct
Xanthippe was the wife of Socrates. Despite her shrewish nature, Socrates generally seemed devoted to her.

Xanthippe in "The Daimon"

When Alkibiades' army returned to Athens in triumph, Sokrates willingly surrendered his weapons to gain entrance into the city. Alkibiades saw this as a sign of Sokrates loyalty to Xanthippe.[1]

Later, after Alkibiades had taken control of the city, Xanthippe had the displeasure of watching her husband taken in the night to be executed.[2]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 191, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 205-206.

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