No, the legacy of Socrates has not been exaggerated by secret conspirators seeking to diminish the effects of post-Socrates philosophers, because there are not enough secret conspirators that have it in for the post-Socrates philosophers to make that happen. History, philosophy and study is not organized enough to conspire to diminish philosophic work.
The legacy of Socrates have not been exaggerated by secret conspirators seeking to diminish the effects of post-Socrates philosophers. I think that people who study the legacy of Socrates understand that there will always be conspiracy theories that disapprove of his legacy. Conspiracy theories have always been around and will continue.
For the most part philosophy isn't studied by most Americans so there is little knowledge about Socrates in today's society. Therefore, I find it really unlikely that the legacy of Socrates has been exaggerate by secret conspirators who seek to diminish the effects of post-Socrates philosophers. Sounds like a really unlikely conspiracy theory to me.
The legacy of Socrates has not been diminished by secret conspirators because hardly any of the general public has even heard any harmful things said about the great philosopher. People have secretly trying to discredit him but they are not getting any mainstream attention and therefore they are not having success.
The legacy of Socrates cannot be exaggerated as he taught his students to question everything--even authority. It was this questioning that got him in trouble with Greek leaders who thought Socrates was conspiring to overthrow the government. Instead of fight the charges, Socrates drank hemlock to accept punishment. The great philosopher brought about changes in how philosophers viewed their movements when more and more people began to question everything.