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How did the earth come about How did life begin What is our purpose here So many questions have plagued humans for about as long as theyve been around Some people think they know all the answers some have no clue and dont really care Others spend their lives in pursuit of answers and reasons why Plato of Athens devoted a majority of his life to these very subjects and teaching his findings to other philosophers who might be interested Around 428 BC Ariston and Perictione had a child Plato Ariston who descended from the early Athenian kings and Perictione who was related to Solon the early lawmaker were a wealthy and aristocratic family Prior to Plato reaching adulthood his father Ariston died Perictione decided to remarry an associate of the statesman Pericles Pyrilampes Plato fought in the Peloponnesian war from around 409-404 BC but did not want a military careerOConnor1 Instead he felt a political career was right for him Platos mothers brother Charmides helped him enter into the oligarchy of the Thirty Tyrants in AthensOConnor1 Plato took an early leave however due to their violent acts This abuse of power turned Plato away from the political world in Athens The execution of Socrates Platos mentor in 399 BC convinced Plato that he would have nothing more to do with Athenian politics After the death of Socrates Plato traveled to Egypt Sicily and Italy Upon his return to Athens he devoted his life to philosophy In 387 BC Plato founded the Academy It was named thus because the land had belonged to Ademos It was the first known University and provided a comprehensive curriculum including areas in astronomy biology mathematics political theory and philosophyBaird1 Plato planned to train young men to become statesmen Plato spent the rest of his life at the Academy until dying painlessly in his sleep around the age of 80 Platos works can be divided into three main periods These
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