Born into the city-state of Athens in 469 B.C., Socrates was surrounded by intellectuals. Most of these philosophers searched for answers about their surroundings. Socrates, however, sought truths about a persons soul and morals. He became famous for his never-ending questioning, and he taught the youth to question others as well. Not all Athenians appreciated Socrates questions. In 399 B.C., powerful Athenians brought charges against Socrates that led to a dramatic trial and death of the famous philosopher.