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Plato   /   Plátōn [Astro*Index]


(BC427-347) Greek philosopher.

Born and died at Athens. He became a student of Socrates in BC409, and was devoted to him until the execution of his teacher in BC399. Most of what is known about Socrates is found in the writings of Plato, which take the form of dialogues. Although Plato was fond of mathematics and interested in moral philosophy, he despised science [stupid remark]. In his dialogue, Timaeus, he mentions a land called Atlantis, which has been considered by historians and literary scholars to be completely fictitious. Plato's philosophy influenced thought within the Christian Church until the 13th century (AD), when they were overshadowed by the works of Aristotle.


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