427 - 347 BC
Plato was one of the greatest philosophers of Western culture.
He recorded the philosophy of Socrates and established the Academy at Athens. In his philosophical writings he moved from the Socratic manner of concep-tualization to the theory of ideas.
Plato was born in Athens. As a young man he came under the influence of Socrates and devoted himself to philosophy. The execution of his teacher Socrates embittered Plato and he left Athens to travel and study in Italy, Sicily and probably N'Africa.
Plato spent some time educating
Dionysus II in Sicily, but the project failed and Plato returned to Athens where
he opened a school called
Plato expressed his philosophic thinking in many written
dialogues which rank among the greatest literary and philosophic
masterpieces of all times.
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From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Biography
Plato from the Biography Center.