He travelled extensively after this event and when he returned he built what would become known the Academy where many famous people studied including Aristotle.
Plato Fact Sheet: Who was Plato? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Plato.
Peter the Great Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 427 – 347 BC *** Full Name: Aristocles, later known as Plato *** Occupation: Greek Philosopher and Mathematician *** Date of Birth: Plato was born in 427 BC *** Place of Birth: Plato was born in Athens, Greece *** Family background and early life and childhood: Very little surviving material exists with regard to Plato’s family, they were one of the most politically active and most wealthy families in Athens. It is thought his father was Ariston and his mother Perictione and that he also had two elder brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus and a sister Potone *** Education: Plato’s father contributed much to his educational needs, knowing that a high education would mean the difference between his son’s success and failure, his lessons would have included grammar, philosophy, music and gymnastics ***
Plato Fact 1: Plato was born in 427 BC and during the 4th century period BC in history when Classical Greek civilization was at its height with the arts, literature and philosophy spreading far and wide throughout the eastern Mediterranean lands.
Plato Fact 2: Plato’s parents could trace their ancestry back many generations with his father’s family going back to the old kings of Athens and his mother being a sister of Charmides and a cousin to Critas, two very important figures in Athenian oligarchy.
Plato Fact 3: Just prior to his birth the Peloponnesian War broke out between Athens and Sparta.
Plato Fact 8: He often depicted Socrates as the lead figure in virtually all of his philosophical discussions and during his very early career used Socrates’s methods extensively.
Plato Fact 9: After Socrates died, Plato was highly disillusioned and it was at that point he gave up on any ideas of a political career whatsoever.
Plato Fact 10: He decided he was going to dedicate himself to philosophy.
Plato Fact 11: For the next twelve years he travelled around the Mediterranean to such places as Sicily, Egypt, Italy and Cyrene, Libya where he studied geometry, religion, philosophy as well as other sciences.
Plato Fact 15: It would be resurrected in the early part of the fifth century AD but would again be closed down by Justinian I of Byzantium who felt it was a threat to the proliferation of Christianity.
Plato Fact 16: There are various accounts of Plato’s death, one alleging he died while Thracian girl played a flute, another that said he died during a wedding feast but most commonly believed is that he simply died while he was sleeping, aged eighty years.
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