Crystal Hernandez , Period 6

Plato Enlightment Thinker

  • Plato was born into a wealthy family in Athens, Greece.
  • Plato wanted to be a politician, but later changed his mind when his friend was killed.
  • In 387 B.C he founded the Academy in Athens.
  • He wrote a book that expressed his ideal form of government.

Plato's Beliefs

  1. Plato believed that every person has a strength and a weakness, and believes that everybody should understand his or her role in society.
  2. Plato also believes nothing other than talent should determine that person's role.
  3. Plato believed:
- strong and courageous people should be soldiers
- those skilled with their hands should be laborers or artisans

- those who are wise should be leaders.

Plato's Ideal Form of Government

Plato's Ideal form of government is a government constructed to bring out the best behavior of its citizens. He also thought by assigning people to a proper role, they will lead a good life and serve to society as a whole.

Symbol & Quotes

  1. Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. -Plato
  2. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato