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30 fun and interesting facts about Plato

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first university in the western world. He is widely considered to be the most important figure in the development of philosophy, especially in the Western tradition. Unlike almost all of his philosophical contemporaries, it is believed that all of Plato's work remained intact for over 2,400 years. Below are 30 more fun and interesting facts about Plato.

1. Together with his teacher Socrates and his most famous student Aristotle, Plato laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

2. Plato is not only a fundamental figure in Western science, philosophy, and mathematics, but also as one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality.

3. Plato was the inventor of the written forms of dialogue and dialectics in philosophy.

4. He appears to have been the founder of Western political philosophy, with his republic and laws among other dialogues that presented some of the earliest political issues from a philosophical point of view.

5. Plato's own crucial philosophical influences are commonly viewed as Socrates, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Pythagoras, although some works by his predecessors still exist and much of what we know about these figures today comes from Plato himself.

6. Ariston, Plato's father, is a direct descendant of the kings of Messeina and Athens.

7. It is believed that Perictione, Plato's mother, is a descendant of an aristocrat named Solon. According to historians, Solon was a 6th century BC Greek statesman. Chr.

8. According to some historians, his nickname was actually Plato, and his real name was Aristocles.

9. Aristocles was the name of Plato's grandfather, and some historians suggest that Plato was Aristocles' eldest grandson and that in Plato's time in Greece it was customary to name the eldest son of the family after his grandfather. Historians don't really agree on this. Some argue that there is no definitive evidence that Plato is the eldest son in his family.

10. As part of a noble family, Plato received his training from some of the best educators present in Athens at the time.

11. During his training Plato was instructed on the teachings of Parmenides, Pythagoras and Cratylus. These teachings may have shaped Plato and laid the foundations for his study of epistemology and metaphysics.

12. His mother married his uncle after his father's death. Historians believe that Plato had a sister, two full brothers, and a half brother, but they are not sure whether he was the eldest son in the family or not.

13. During the Peloponnesian War, in which Sparta defeated Athens, Plato served between 409 and 404 BC. As a soldier.

14. Most of what is known about Socrates is based on what Plato wrote about him, since Plato was Socrates' best student.

fifteen. Plato was about 19 years old when he became a pupil of Socrates and remained with him until Socrates' death in 399 BC. Chr. Faithful.

16. After Socrates' death, Plato fled Athens and may have traveled as far as Egypt, where he studied history and mathematics. His writings on Egyptian customs and games seem to show that he really went to Egypt.

17. Plato's Academy provided a model for later developed universities and social and scientific academies. His students, including Demosthenes, Aristotle, Lykurgos and several women, studied mathematics, philosophy, law and music.

18. When or why Plato wrote his dialogue is not known. His best known works include The Laws; The Republic, a sketch for an ideal government; Symposia where guests sit at a banquet and discuss ideal love and beauty; Sorry, a compelling portrait and defense of Socrates; and Timaeus, a discussion on the nature of the universe.

19. Plato developed a number of philosophical theories on subjects such as knowledge, government, human behavior, and the universe.

20. Plato and his followers believed that the source of the "real" shapes he was looking for lay in mathematics and geometry. The Platonic view of the world was built on the basis of ideal mathematics.

21. Plato matched different viewpoints by saying that they could coexist on different levels in his theory of forms, which is sometimes translated as the theory of ideas.

22. The Roman Emperor Justinian I viewed Plato's Academy as a threat to Christianity and closed it completely.

23. According to some historians, Plato died peacefully in his sleep, sometimes around 348 BC. While others believe he died during a wedding.

24. Plato was known for writing dialogues. He firmly believed that dialogue helped understand a person better.

25. Plato discussed his views on platonic love in The Perfect Union. He viewed lovers as incomplete halves who only found peace when they found each other.

26. His reflection in The Symposia is the oldest known attempt to systematically unravel the secrets of love.

27. He is credited with being the first to put down in writing the belief that "there is only one person in the world for me without whom I am lost."

28. Plato denounced the material world and the joys of the flesh, which is why he was so popular among Christian theologians.

29. He developed the concept of an immortal soul that would shape the concepts of death and the afterlife in Western philosophy. His concept of the soul was linked to his view of the higher order of reality beyond the perceived world.

30. His concept of death was similar to that of reincarnation. After death, a soul enriched with knowledge and ideas of good, beauty and justice, according to Plato theoretically, rose to higher levels in the universe.