Socrates was born (470–399 BC) . He was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as a founder of Western philosophy. Socrates left no actual writing so impressions of Socrates have come primarily from the writings of his student, Plato. There are also other contributions from Xenophon and a contemporary playwright – Aristophanes. It is possible that Plato embellished the legacy of Socrates by making him appear the noblest philosopher; an ideal to be cherished and followed. The extent of this embellishment is hard to quantify, but the life of Socrates remains a great inspiration to many. Socrates married Xanthippe and together they had three children. Tradition suggests that Xanthippe was argumentative and hard to please, with Socrates the model of philosophic calm.