Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
Plato (ca. 424-348 B.C.) was a uniquely talented thinker and writer who played a central role in the birth of Western philosophy. Born into a well-known Grecian family who could trace their lineage to kings and other great people of the past, Plato proved a stellar student from his earlier years. Legends and stories heard in childhood inspired the young man to seek ancient priestly wisdom in travels to areas we now know as Europe and the Middle East. One of Plato's supreme values was education, and upon his return to Greece, he founded a school called The Academy, where many of the most brilliant minds of his day would be educated. Himself a student of Socrates, Plato taught such famous thinkers as Aristotle at his Academy, thus continuing the intellectual legacy that ancient Greece still offers the modern world. Plato is best known for his work The Republic, although his larger contribution to philosophy includes many such "dialogues" (as they are called) of ancient thought and debate.
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