The physical appearance of Socrates  

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All sources agree that Socrates was an ugly man. At the beginning of the Theaetetus Plato remarks that he had a "snub nose and projecting eyes."

Alcibiades' description of Socrates in the Symposium:

"he is likest to the Silenus-figures that sit in the statuaries' shops; those, I mean, which our craftsmen make with pipes or flutes in their hands: when their two halves are pulled open, they are found to contain images of gods. And I further suggest that he resembles the satyr Marsyas."

As described in Socrates and Athenian Society in His Day:

"the remarkable ugliness which Socrates himself describes in Xenophon's version of the Banquet (and which certainly appears in the portrait transmitted to our time)."

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