Socrates and his wives (Wikipedia)
Socrates' young wife Xanthippe was best known as a "shrew and a nagging wife." The Romans reported that Socrates knew he was marrying a "hag," but did so to "practice his patience." In2greece.com also cited an incident where Xanthippe was so enraged at Socrates that she threw a bucket of "washing water" on him. The philosopher then replied, "After thunder comes rain."
Other reports said that one of the reasons Xanthippe was known for having an explosive temper was that Socrates didn't collect money for his philosophy teachings. This made it difficult for them to raise their three boys.
Some interesting facts about Xanthippe from Wikipedia include: She was the only person to have ever won an argument with Socrates, and the origin of her name. Xanthippe means "blond horse from the Greek xanthos (blond) and hippos (horse)."
Xanthippe was the inspiration for Katherina in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, as well as, a character in the Edgar Allan Poe poem "An Accrostic." Poe intentionally changed the X to a Z in her name for "Zantippe." No one is certain of when the rumors about Xanthippe began; though her contemporaries regarded her as a "devoted wife and mother."
Recently, The Wall Street Journal featured an article entitled, "Meet The Marriage Killer: It's More Common Than Adultery and Potentially As Toxic, So Why Is It So Hard To Stop Nagging?" It all began when a woman put a Post-it note in her husband's sandwich at work. It said, "Be in Aisle 10 of Home Depot tonight at 6:00 pm." Her husband was annoyed at first, but his wife thought that this was a fun and creative way to remind him about their kitchen remodeling project. She was trying to give him a gentle nudge, before it escalated into a raging argument.
Afterward, I asked my husband if he would prefer this method to nagging. He thought about it for a moment and replied, "I would much rather be married to a blond horse than bite into a Post-it note sandwich any day."