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Chaerephon


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(5th cent. bc),

Athenian, of the deme of Sphettus, a friend and enthusiastic admirer of Socrates. With other democrats he was banished by the Thirty Tyrants and returned with Thrasybulus (2) in 403, but died before Socrates' trial in 399. He is best known for reporting the Delphic oracle's opinion that no one was wiser than Socrates (in Plato's Apology, 21). The story is probably true, being related by both Plato and Xenophon, but Chaerephon's motivation and the statement's meaning remain uncertain. In Aristophanes' Clouds he is joint proprietor with Socrates of the Thinkery (or just a pupil).

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