384 B.C. - 322 B.C.

General Facts

Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in the town of Stagira in Greece. His father was the personal physician of King Amyntus of Macedon. At the age of 17 he moved to Athens to study at Plato's Academy. Later in his life he opened up his own school called the Lyceum where he tutored Alexander the Great. He died in 322 B.C.

Major Astronomical Discoveries

He believed that the universe and the Earth were spherical and that the Earth was the center of the universe. He tried to explain how the universe works through a scientific style which he created called causality which explains why things happen.

World Events During 4th Century B.C.

The 4th Century B.C. was the height of the Classical Greek Era which would influence how Aristotle thought. Alexander the Great's empire was also at its height and Alexander would send Aristotle samples of animals from the lands he conquered.

Interesting Facts

  • He was considered one of the most intelligent man to walk the planet.
  • His favorite subjects were biology, zoology, and astronomy.
  • Many of his writings were lost and only one third remain to this day.

Three Minute Philosophy: Aristotle (the new version!)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."