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Aristotle The Most Influential Greek ThinkerAristotle was one of the most influential thinkers in western culture and a Greek philosopher teacher and scientist He was probably the most scholarly and learned of the ancient Greek Philosophers Aristotle mastered the entire development of Greek though before him and employed this knowledge in his writings He criticized summarized and furthered the development of the Greek philosophies Aristotle along with his teacher Plato are the two most important Greek PhilosophersAristotle was born in Satagira a small town in Greece Aristotles father worked as a personal physician for the grandfather of Alexander The Great Both of Aristotles parents died when he was a boy he was then raised by a guardian When Aristotle was about eighteen years old he entered Platos school in Athens known as the Academy He trained there for twenty years Plato dubbed Aristotle as the brightest student in the Academy and called him the reader When Plato died in 347 BC Aristotle left the Academy to join a group of Platos followers While there Aristotle married a young woman named PithiasAround 342 BC PhilipII invited Aristotle to supervise the education of his young son Alexander Alexander later conquered all of Greece ran one of the most powerful empires and became known as Alexander The Great Aristotle was Alexanders sole teacher until the youth succeeded his fathers throne in 336 BC In 334 BC Aristotle founded his own school in Athens called the LyceumIn 323 BC Aristotle was accused of lack of reverence towards the gods by the Athenians To avoid the death sentence he fled to the city of Chalcis where he died a year laterAfter his death Aristotles philosophy was continued to be taught at the Lycuem by his successors Aristotles philosophy spread to Rome in 155 BC giving Romans their first contact with Greek philosophy Aristotles philosophy was then lost until its rebirth in the 1100s where it was introduced to the Christian
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