Apollo, the sun god, was born on the island of Delos to Zeus and Leto. Apollo
had a twin sister named Artemis. He represents order, harmony, and civilization in a way that most
other Olympian deities cannot quite equal Well known symbols of Apollo are the sun, his lyre
(instrument), and the chariot he rode. Apollo was never married but had two children,
Orpheus, a singer, and Asklepios, the god of healing. In the painting
“The School of
Athens”. Apollo is a sculpture in the painting that represents Philosophy. Apollo’s
family, specialties (music, archery, healing, light, and truth), his role as a sun god, and the
animals are all his claim to fame.
Alcibiades was born in Athens, 450 BC, and died in Phrygia, 404 BC.
provoked the sharp political antagonisms at Athens that was the main cause of Athens’
defeat by Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. He was born to a noble wealthy family. His
father, who was commander of the Athenian army, was killed at Coronea Boeotia.
Alcibiades was brought up in a family of his relatives. He was strikingly handsome and
keen witted, rich, as well as extravagant, irresponsible, and self-centered. Alcibiades’
claim to fame was his courage in battle, but he also became a recognized speaker in the
Ecclesia (assembly). Alcibiades was A Platonists and that is why he was placed on the
left side of the photo. It has been said that the friendship which Socrates felt for him has much
contributed to his fame; I beilve that this is way Raphael has the two of them talking in the photo.
Socrates was born in Athens in 469 BC. He was the son of Sophioniscus, a
sculptur, and Phaenarete a midwife. He was married to Xanthippe. They had three
children, Lamprocles, Sophroniscus, and Menexenus. Socrates didn’t specialize in any
one field like metaphysics or political philosophy like most modern philosophers did.
Socrates explored a wide range of philosophical questions, but he generally focused on
issues of most immediate need to humans like how to be virtuous or live a good life. If
there is any one topic that occupied Socrates most, it would be ethics. Socrates is best
known for the dictum that only the examined life is worth living. Socrates’ influence
among his contemporaries was a result of his interest in engaging people in discussions
about all manner of important issues – often making them feel uncomfortable by showing
that what they believed or thought they knew was not as justified as they had assumed.
Although in the early dialogues he never came to any firm conclusions about what
constituted true piety or friendship, he did reach a conclusion about a relationship
between knowledge and action. In the photo Socrates is shown speaking to Alcibiabes
since he is known for his influence and dialogue, I feel that is way he is doing what he is
doing in this piece.