was the wife of Socrates
. She was famed for her sharp tongue and is said to have been the only person to ever have beaten Socrates in a discussion. Her name now means any nagging scolding person, especially a hen-pecking wife. According to some sources, Socrates later remarried.
The following clerihew was written about her:
- Whenever Xanthippe
- Wasn't feeling too chippy
- She would say to Socrates:
- "Why can't you have been Hippocrates?"