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Plato

Plato was born in 428-7 BC, during the beginning of the Peloponnesian War in an aristocratic family. He regarded Sparta well because of the influence of Pythagoras, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Socrates. He drew on Orphic elements through Pythagoras along with religion, adhering to immortality. He was mainly interested in mathematics and mysticism. Plato believed in eternity, timelessness, and uncertainty while considering the most beneficial a static perfection in state and Godly rulers.

To be a good ruler, there were certain prerequisites that needed to be fulfilled such as the knowledge of God, intellect, and moral discipline. For Plato, education was as important as knowing geometry because true wisdom could only be possible if mathematical knowledge was also mastered. Wisdom was also combined with spending time at leisure so that abstinence from working could be achieved and the mind relieved from preoccupations and anxieties that involve securing income.

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