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Plato is a man that has in a way been immortalized Even though he lived and died thousands of years ago his thoughts and his ideas still live on today In order to most accurately get a feel for who Plato was there are many factors to be looked at First one should look at the times in which Plato lived This includes but is not limited to the culture the common thought and any major historical happenings Second one should examine Platos specific surroundings and environment However most of the specific biographical information about Plato is based upon assumptions and educated guesses none of which can be proven Third one should examine one of the most significant people in Platos life his teacher Socrates There is much information to begotten from Socrates though most of it is found indirectly in Platos writings being that Socrates never wrote anything Fourth and most importantly one should study all of Platos writings and all of Platos theories This includes a great deal of information as Plato wrote many things and had many theories This is also harder than it may sound because Plato had no specific writing that described his beliefs in definite terms one can only try to deduce what Plato thought by reading his many dialogues Plato was born in Athens Greece in 427 BC and died in Athens Greece in 347 BC This time period was a couple hundred years after the beginning of the Olympic Games and the start of alphabetic writing and a hundred or so years before the uprising of Alexander the Great who would conquer the known world The center of Western civilization during these times was Athens a city-state and a democracy This basically means Athens supported itself and the lands around it and had a somewhat organized government The citizens of Athens governed the city which is a big reason for its success Also Athenians were mostly intellectuals
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