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Plato

(Encyclopedia) Plato plā´tō [key], 427?–347 BC, Greek philosopher. Plato's teachings have been among the most influential in the history of Western civilization. Life…

Plato

Plato was one of the early stars of Western philosophy. The son of an aristocrat, he studied under the great Greek thinker, Socrates. After years of travel and study, Plato founded the Academy in his…

Brewer's: Plato and the Bees

When Plato was an infant, some bees settled on his lips when he was asleep, indicating that he would become famous for his honeyed words. The same is said of Sophocles, Pindar, St. Ambrose…

Brewer's: Plato

His original name was Aristocles, but he was called Platon from the great breadth of his shoulders. The German Plato. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819). The Jewish Plato. Philo…

Dana Plato Biography

Dana PlatoAge: 34 actress who won childhood fame as Kimberly Drummond on the popular 1980s TV show Diff'rent Strokes. Her highly publicized run-ins with the law kept her name in the news for…

Brewer's: Plato's Year

A revolution of 25,000 years, in which period the stars and constellations return to their former places in respect to the equinoxes. Cut out more work than can be done In Plato's year,…

Brewer's: Amicus Plato, sed magis amica Veritas

(Plato I love, but I love Truth more) A noble dictum attributed to Aristotle, but certainly a very free translation of a phrase in the Nicomachean Ethics (“Where both are friends, it is…

Gemistus Pletho, Georgius

(Encyclopedia) Gemistus Pletho, Georgius jôr´jəs jĭmĭs´təs plē´thō [key], c.1355–1452, Byzantine scholar and philosopher, b. Constantinople. He represented the Orthodox Eastern Church…

Academy

(Encyclopedia) Academy, school founded by Plato near Athens c.387 BC It took its name from the garden (named for the hero Academus) in which it was located. Plato's…

Zoilus

(Encyclopedia) Zoilus zō´ĭləs [key], c.400–c.320 BC, Greek rhetorician and philosopher of Amphipolis. He is called Homeromastix [scourge of Homer], because of his denunciations of…