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Phaenarete
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(Φαιναρέτη; Phainarétē). Mother of Patrocles from her first marriage, to Chaeredemus (Pl. Euthyd. 297e) and of Socrates from her second marriage, to Sophroniscus. In Pl. Tht. 148e-151d, Socrates explains that his mother was a midwife, and he equates his deeds with hers. It is not impossible that Plato invented the profession of P. for the sake of this metaphor, after which it became included as a 'fact' into the Socrates legend.

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Bibliography

A. Raubitschek, s.v. P. (2), RE 19, 1562f.

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Döring, Klaus (Bamberg), “Phaenarete”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e917610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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