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Aristotle the famous Greek philosopher was born in 384 BCE in Stagira in Thrace at the northern end of the Aegean near Macedonia His father Nicomachus was the personal physician to Amyntas II king of Macedonia In 367 BCE at the age of eighteen Aristotle was sent to Athens Greece to attend Platos Academy He went to school there for twenty years until in 347 BCE Plato died At this time Aristotle took Platos place at the Academy along with Platos nephew Speusippus and Xenocrates Later he joined a circle of Platonists living at the Assos in the Troud under the protection of the tyrant Hermias of Atarneus In 345 BCE he moved to Mytilene on the Island of Lesbos Two years later Aristotle reached the court of Macedonia Aristotle returned to Athens in 335 BCE He spent the next twelve years running his own version of an academy which was called the Lyceum named after the place in Athens where it was located an old temple of Apollo In 324 BCE Aristotle was invited by Philip of Macedon to educate the man who would later be known as Alexander the Great Two years later in 322 BCE Aristotle died in Chaleis Eubea Greece Aristotle is said to have written over 150 philosophical treaties thirty of which are still around today Many of these treaties are thought to be lecture notes as opposed to complete treaties One of Aristotles main accomplishments was his classification of animals into groups These groups included blood and no blood which correspond with our vertebrae and no vertebrae He also used flying land and water groups to classify animals Another accomplishment was distinguishing the difference between whales and fish Many think of Aristotle as the founder of modern natural science He wrote about 500 different kinds of animals including 120 types of fish and sixty kinds of insects He used dissection extensively
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