The belief of Socrates is uncertain.
Socrates was charged with " not believing in the gods the city believes in."
The style is better than that of Socrates and Sozomen, as Photius has remarked, but as a contribution to history the work is inferior in importance.
From the time of Socrates in unbroken succession up to the reign of Hadrian, the school was represented by men of strong individuality.
When the servile Athenians, feigning to share the emperor's displeasure with the sophist, pulled down a statue which they had erected to him, Favorinus remarked that if only Socrates also had had a statue at Athens, he might have been spared the hemlock.