The great Greek philosopher and creator of drama

General knowledge of Plato

Born: May 21, 428 BCE in Athens, Greece

Died: January 14th 348 BCE in Athens, Greece

Nationality: Greek

Occupation: Philosopher

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Early life and getting involved

Not a lot is known of Plato's early years but it is known that through his wealth and his family's wealth he received the best possible education in Athens at that time. He developed a talent of writing tragedy and dramatic dialogues. During a later time, Plato was greatly influenced by a man named Socrates, another popular and important philosopher of that time. Plato was amazed by the way Socrates spoke and wrote his methods and arguments and the way they were over the minds of many young Athenians like him. He also saw music as something important and included it in his works and is even in some of his popular quotes we know.

Choices and results

The historical Greek philosopher Plato wrote many dialogues, all including accounts of knowledge, reality, society, goodness, God and more. He also shaped thinking in literacy and pure thought through Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Plato also influenced other philosophers like Aristotle, Philo, Augustine and even more other important people at that time and during later times.
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Plato was born in Athens, Greece to an aristocratic and powerful family in politics. Instead of choosing the ruling class, Plato decided to become a philosopher. Later in his life, he founded the Academy and a new form of dialogue, that being the dramatic dialogue.

In his words

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything"

"Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something"


Plato created many works such as dialogues during his life span. Those works affected his life and mostly his society's people. After creating his works, Plato saw greater value in the things, places and people that he wrote about. As an example, having Socrates as the main character in his works affected him when Socrates was sentenced to death. His society, on the other hand, admire and valued him. They were greatly influenced by Plato's ideas and wanted to carry them out.
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Life changing events

Some of Plato's life changing events were seen through some of his dialogues. One was found in Apology and Phaedo, in which Socrates was put on trial and had lots of charges "trumped upon him". With that, Socrates was sentenced to death. Plato was attending the trial and death sentence at that time, something which forced him to see his master and close friend die. After his master's death, Plato started to despise politics and never took an active part in the government that had killed Socrates. Plato continued with his works, even after Socrates's death.

Quotes about him

"If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics".

Galileo Galilei

"All their sport in the park is but a shadow to the pleasure that I find in Plato; alas good folk, they never knew how true pleasure felt"

Jane Grey


Many other people, those mostly being philosophers, were influenced by Plato and his works after his death. Many other philosophers in the future who came across Plato's works wrote about and analyzed his theories and arguments, mostly during the Middle ages and Renaissance. Even in later times, Platonism was used by people, meaning that they went and agreed with Plato's arguments and theories

Annotated Bibliography

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RUDEBUSCH, GEORGE H. "Plato." Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. Ed. J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

This source was the first to appear and was the most general summary of Plato. Therefore I chose it as a starting source.

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"Greek Philosopher Plato (428-348 B.C.)." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016

This was also one of the first sources to show up. The first pictures to show up were the best ones so I chose it.

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· Kahn, Charles. "Plato." Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Gale, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016 I chose this source because it was the longest. It provided most of the information needed for the beginning sections.

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"Plato Statue at the Academy of Athens in Greece." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016

I chose this source because it was one of the pictures I found more informational. It also was one of the most suggested ones.

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This is the quote that I found that showed one of Plato's important interests. It also explained how it is important.

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I chose this source because it also was a very important quote. It showed an example of his reasoning and thinking.

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"Plato." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 6: Classical Greek Civilization, 800-323 B.C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

I chose this because it belonged to a source that explained the aftermath. It had reliable information so I chose it.

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I chose this because it is a good quality and reliable image. It also originates from a reliable site.

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I chose this quote because it seemed to refer directly to Plato. It also came from another popular philosopher.

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I chose this quote because it seemed to refer to Plato directly, unlike most other quotes. It is also relevant and shows Plato's influences.