Plato Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 6 pages of information about the life of Plato.
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The Greek philosopher Plato (428-347 BC) founded the Academy, one of the great philosophical schools of antiquity. His thought had enormous impact on the development of Western philosophy.

Plato was born in Athens, the son of Ariston and Perictione, both of Athenian aristocratic ancestry. He lived his whole life in Athens although he traveled to Sicily and southern Italy on several occasions, and one story says he traveled to Egypt. Little is known of his early years, but he was given the finest education Athens had to offer the scions of its noble families, and he devoted his considerable talents to politics and the writing of tragedy and other forms of poetry. His acquaintance with Socrates altered the course of his life. The compelling power which Socrates's methods and arguments had over the minds of the youth of Athens gripped Plato as firmly as it did so many others...

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