2. The celebrated philosopher, was the son of a sculptor, Sophroniscus, and claimed to be of the mythical lineage of the Daedalids, and himself practised the art during part of his life (see the article above). Pausanias ascribes to him the statue of Hermes Propylaeus,
and the group of the three Graces, which stood in the very entrance of the Acropolis at Athens; and he informs us that the Graces were draped (Paus. 1.22.8
. s. 7). Pliny also mentions the Graces of Socrates, as not inferior to the finest works of marble in existence; but he says that some supposed them to be the production of the painter of the same name (Plin. Nat. 36.5. s. 4.10
There can, however, be little doubt that the account which Pausanias heard at Athens itself was the correct one.