While the Academy in Platoâs time was unified around Platoâs personality and a specific geographical location, it was different from other schools in that Plato encouraged doctrinal diversity and multiple perspectives within it. Outlines of Pyrrhonism. C.E.). Sommerstein). In addition to receiving funds from either Dion of Syracuse or Anniceris of Cyrene to purchase property near the Academy (Lives III.20), Diogenes Laertius records that Dion paid for Platoâs costs as choregus or chorus leaderâa claim also made in Plutarchâs Dion XVII.2)âand purchased Pythagorean philosophical texts for him, and that Dionysus of Syracuse gave him eighty talents (Lives III.3,9). Lynch, John Patrick. It also contains the passage cited above that describes the grounds of the Academy in the 420s. 1 (Jan., 1967): 25-40. Still, students at the Academy had to possess or come up with their own sustenance (Athenaeus, Sophists at Dinner IV.168). It was in the outskirt, about six stadia, a little more than one kilometer, from the city. Plato held the belief that knowledge was not purely the result of inner reflection, but instead, could be sought through observation and therefore taught to others. It is very probable that Aristotle began writing many of the works of his that we possess today at the Academy (Klein 1985: 173), including possibly parts of the biological works, even though biological research based on empirical data is not a line of inquiry that Plato pursued himself. This fifth-century use of gymnasia by sophists and philosophers was a precursor to the âschool movementâ of the fourth century B.C.E., represented by Antisthenes teaching in the Cynosarges, Isocrates near the Lyceum, Plato in the Academy, Aristotle in the Lyceum, Zeno in the Stoa Poikile, and Epicurus in his private garden. The garden had historically been home to many other groups and activities. Location of Plato's School The meeting location of Platoâs Academy was originally a public grove near the ancient city of Athens. He founded what is said to be the first university â his Academy (near Athens) in around 385 BC. Clouds. Aristotleâs School: A Study of a Greek Educational Institution. Although the entrenchment of the words âacademyâ and âacademicâ in contemporary discourse make the persistence of the Platonic Academy seem inevitable, this is probably not how it appeared to Plato or to members of the Academy after his death (Watts 2007: 122). Rather, as Lynch, Baltes, and Dillon have argued, Plato was able to purchase a property with its own garden nearby the sanctuaries and gymnasium of Academy. Crates of Athens, a pupil of Polemo, was the next scholarch. This work is essential to anyone investigating classical educational institutions. and Sullaâs destruction of the grounds of the Academy and Lyceum as part of the siege of Athens in 86 B.C.E. While the accounts of Xenophon and Plato contradict Aristophanesâ comic portrayal of Socrates as a teacher of rhetoric and natural science, the Platonic dialogues do show Socrates frequenting gymnasia and palestras in search of conversation. Trans. While Plato was clearly the heart of the Academy, it is not clear how, if at all, formal status was accorded to members of the Academy. Perhaps the clearest term to describe Platoâs Academy comes from Aristophanesâ Clouds, written at least three decades before the Academy was established: phrontistÄrion (94). âCreating the Academy: Historical Discourse and the Shape of Community in the Old Academy, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. While most of the pupils at the Platonic Academy were male, Diogenes Laertius lists two female students, Lastheneia of Mantinea and Axiothea of Philius in his list of Platoâs students (Lives III.46-47). The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347-274 BC). Aelian, (Claudius Aelianus) (2nd-3rd cn. Today, the area that contains the sacred precinct and gymnasium that housed Platoâs Academy lies within a neighborhood known as Akadimia Platonos. Aristophanesâ The Clouds, first produced in 423 B.C.E., contrasts the rustic beauty of the Academy and traditional education of the past with the chattering and sophistic values of the Agora. Platonic Patterns: A Collection of Studies. This term becomes both the term for Plato's school but also our word for academy and academic. It has been surmised that these meetings and teachings employed several methods, including lectures, seminars, and even dialogue, but primary instruction would have been conducted by Plato himself. In early times, the area northwest of Athens near the river Cephissus was known as the AkadÄmeia or HekadÄmeia and contained a sacred grove, possibly named after a hero called Akademos or Hekademos (Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers III.7-8, cited hereafter as âLivesâ). Definition and Examples. Trans. Plutarch mentions a mythical Akademos as a possible namesake for the Academy, but Plutarch also records that the Academy may have been named after a certain Echedemos (Theseus 32.3-4). Aristotle was a student of that academy. Plutarch of Chaeronea (c.45-125 C.E.). Plutarchâs works are collected in the Loeb Classical Library under Lives (Eleven Volumes) and Moralia (Fifteen Volumes). Wareh, Tarik. âThe Life of Plato of Athensâ in A Companion to Plato, edited by Hugh Benson. Trans. 1, red), about 3 km from the Acropolis of Athens and only a few hundred meters north of the Agricultural University of Athens. Robert J. Penella. The likely site of Platoâs Academy is located in the northwestern Akadimia Platonos subdivision of the Greek capital of Athens (Fig. What Is the 'Ladder of Love' in Plato's 'Symposium'? In addition to the shrines, altars, and gymnasium mentioned by Thucydides and Pausanias, there were also gardens and suburban residences in the nearby area (Baltes 1993: 6). After founding the Academy, Plato became involved in the politics of Syracuse. Rather, the Academy continued to develop its sense of identity and plans for persistence after Platoâs death. 29, No. Dillon. Rather, it was a more informal society of intellectuals who shared a common interest in studying subjects such as philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. Antioch College It taught philosophy, mathematics, arts, drama and the sciences, and encouraged research. Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library, 1997. In 347 B.C.E. C.E.). Sextus Empiricus (2nd-3rd cn. The word âAcademyâ occurs only twice in the Platonic corpus, and in both cases it refers to the gymnasium rather than any educational organization. The sacred space, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Athena, had formerly been an olive grove, hence the expression "the groves of Academe". Outside the city walls of Athens, the gymnasium was made famous by Plato as a center of learning. In about 387 BCE Plato founded his Academy. Plato: Images, Aims, and Practices of Education. This indicates that while the Platonic Academy was thriving during Platoâs lifetime, it was not essentially linked to any private property possessed by Plato (compare Dillon 2003: 9; see further Nails 2002: 249-250). Mintz, Avi. Though the Roman general Sullaâs destruction of the Academyâs grove and gymnasium in 86 B.C.E. Ed. According to Diogenes Laertius, Plato was buried in the Academy (Lives III.41). Index Academicorum. Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 1991. Ed. Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers. Aristotleâs twenty-year long participation in the Platonic Academy shows Platoâs openness in encouraging and supporting philosophers who criticized his views, the Academyâs growing reputation and ability to attract students and researchers, and sheds some light on the organization of the Academy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972. As a cursory survey, dialogues like the Republic, Timaeus, and Theaetetus show Platoâs interest in mathematical speculation; the Republic, Statesman, and the Laws attest to Platoâs interest in political theory; the Cratylus, Gorgias, and Sophist show an interest in language, logic, and sophistry, and many dialogues, including the Parmenides, Sophist, and Republic show an interest in metaphysics and ontology. The name Academy comes from the name of a famous Athenian hero called Akademos. While the Platonic Academy can be said to end with the siege led by Sulla, philosophers including Cicero, Plutarch of Chaeronea, and Proclus continued to identify themselves as Platonists or Academics. Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library, 1951. The garden was surrounded by art, architecture, and nature. Later, the garden was named for Akademos or Hecademus, a local hero after which the Academy was named. Plato's Academy Ancient Greek philosophers discussing in Plato's Academy. Glenn R. Morrow. In 176 C.E., the Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius helped continue the influence of Platonic and Academic thought by establishing Imperial Chairs for the teaching of Platonism, Stoicism, Aristotelianism, and Epicureanism, but the holders of these chairs were not associated with the long-abandoned schools that once met on the grounds of the Lyceum or the Academy. Book I of Pausaniasâ work deals with Attica; Chapters XXI-XXX shed light on the history of the Academy and how it appeared to Pausanias several centuries later. One occurrence, already mentioned, is from the Lysis, and it describes Socrates walking from the Academy to the Lyceum (203a). The Peloponnesian War. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Aristotle was a member of the Academy for many years but never became its Head. and associated with Pericles, the important statesman and general (Plato, Phaedrus 270a). Historical Miscellany. In order to gain paying students, sophists, rhetoricians, and philosophers would often make presentations in public places like the Agora or in Athensâs three major gymnasia, the Academy, the Cynosarges, and the Lyceum. While some have emphasized the Academyâs remoteness from the Agora (Rihill 2003:174), the six stades (three quarters of a mile) from the Dipylon gate and three more stades from the Agora would not have constituted much of a barrier to anyone interested in seeing the goings on of the Academy in Platoâs time. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2009. Paideia was traditionally divided into two parts: cultural education (mousikÄ), which included the areas of the Muses, such as poetry, singing, and the playing of instruments, and physical education (gymnastikÄ), which included wrestling, athletics, and exercises that could be useful as training for battle. Nigel G. Wilson. Collytus was a few miles from the Academy, so Platoâs relocating nearby the Academy would have been an important step in establishing himself there. The word comes from the Academy in ancient Greece, which derives from the Athenian hero, Akademos. Trans. Pausanias. Plato founded the Academy sometime between 390-380 BCE in Athens. The Riddle of the Early Academy. Natali, Carlo. It was based upon this belief that Plato founded his famous Academy. It is also likely that the dialogues were circulated as a way to attract possible students (Themistius, Orations 23.295). While there, Dionysiusâ brother-in-law, Dion, became Platoâs disciple. While it is tempting to talk of teachers and students at the Academy, this language can lead to difficulties. Plato founded the Academy in Athens, one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. J. H. Betts et al. Aristotleâs multiple references to Platonic dialogues in his own works also suggest how the Platonic dialogues were used by students and researchers at the Academy. M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota. The idea of the Academâ¦ (2nd cn. The terms âOld Academy,â âMiddle Academy,â and âNew Academyâ are used in somewhat different ways by Cicero, Sextus Empiricus, and Diogenes Laertius to describe the changing viewpoints of the Platonic Academy from Speusippus to Philo of Larissa. Ultimately, the garden was left to the citizens of Athens for use as a gymnasium. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997. Intellectuals with a variety of interests came to meet with Platoâwho gave at least one public lectureâas well as conduct their own research and participate in dicussions on the public grounds of the Academy and in the garden of the property Plato owned nearby. The People of Plato: A Prosopography of Plato and Other Socratics. PLATO â THE ATHENIAN PHILOSOPHER Biography: What was Plato Known for Plato (c.428-348 BCE) Although usually remembered today as a philosopher, Plato was also one of ancient Greeceâs most important patrons of mathematics. Aristoxenus records at least one poorly received public lecture by Plato on âthe goodâ (Elements of Harmonics II.30), and a comic fragment from Epicrates records Plato, Speusippus, Menedemus, and several youths engaging in dialectical definition of a pumpkin (Athenaeus, Sophists at Dinner 2.59). Description of Greece. Rather than assign a particular date at which the Academy was founded, as though ancient schools possessed formal articles or charters of incorporation (see Lynch 1972), it is more plausible to note that Plato began associating with a group of fellow philosophers in the Academy in the late 390s and that this group gradually gathered energy and reputation throughout the 380s and 370s up until Platoâs death in 347 B.C.E. Pausanias, writing in the second century C.E., likewise describes the Academy as a district outside of Athens that has graves, sanctuaries, alters, and a gymnasium (Attica XXIX-XXX). The Plato Academy. Charles Burton Gluck. The Platonic Academy forms an important part of Platoâs intellectual legacy, and analyzing it can help us better understand Platoâs educational, political, and philosophical concerns. Press, Gerald A., ed. Eventually, during the 18th century, scholars started searching for the remains of the Academy. Richard Crawley. This event also represents a transition point for the Academy from an educational institution tied to a particular place to an Academic school of thought stretching from Plato to fifth-century C.E. U. S. A. After Plutarch, the scholarchs of this Platonic school were Syrianus, Proclus, Marinus, Isidore, and Damascius, the last scholarch of this Academy. Aristotle reportedly taught rhetoric at the Academy, and it is certain that he researched rhetorical and sophistical techniques there. On the way to the Academy from Athens, one passed from the inner Kerameikos to the outer Kerameikos through the Dipylon gate in the cityâs wall; continuing on the road to the Academy, one passed through a large cemetery. It was on land which had belonged to a man called Academos, and this is where the name "Academy" came from. In keeping with the Academyâs customary use as a place of intellectual exchange, Plato used its gymnasium, walks, and buildings as a place for education and inquiry; discussions held in these areas were semi-public and thus open to public engagement and heckling (Epicrates cited in Athenaeus, Sophists at Dinner II.59; Aelian, Historical Miscellany 3.19; Lives VI.40). Ciceroâs many writings, including Academia, De Natura Deorum, De Finibus, and Tusculan Disputions contain information about the Academy. At any rate, Pausanias records that in his own time there was a memorial to Plato not far from the Academy (Attica XXX.3). The Academy was bordered on the east by Hippios Kolonos and to the south by the Kerameikos district, which was famous for its pottery production. As noted in the previous section, the Academy, the Lyceum, and the Cynosarges functioned as places for intellectual discussion as well as exercise and religious activity in the fifth century B.C.E. Indeed, the continued use of the words âacademyâ and âacademicâ to describe educational organizations and scholars through the twenty first century shows the impact of Platoâs Academy on subsequent education. The Greek terms mathÄtÄs (student, learner, or disciple), sunÄthÄs (associate or intimate), hetairos (companion), and philos (friend), as well as other terms, seem to have been variously used to describe the persons who attended the Academy (Baltes 1993: 10-11; Saunders 1986: 201). Robert B. Strassler. While Socrates, unlike the sophists, did not take payment or teach a particular doctrine, he did have a circle of individuals who regularly associated with him for intellectual discussion. During the classical period, writing and basic arithmetic became a basic part of elementary education as well. When he was in his late teens or early twenties, Plato heard Socrates teaching in the market and abandoned his plans to pursue a literary career as a playwright; he burned his early work and devoted himself to philosophy.It is likely that Plato had known Socrates, at least by reputation, since youth. Fundamentally, the school served as a place where Plato's philosophies would be taught.The Academy was initially located in area that was a grove or garden of olive trees that included statues and nearby buildings. Given the proximity of Platoâs private residence to the sanctuary and gymnasium of the Academy and the fact that his nearby property and school were both referred to as âthe Academyâ (Plutarch, On Exile 603b), there has been confusion about the particulars of the physical plant of the Platonic Academy. Trans. What seems clear from the various accounts is that, with Arcesilaus, a skeptical edge entered into Academic thinking that persisted through Carneades and Philo of Larissa. Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library, 1959. The writings of Aristotle are a valuable resource for learning more about the philosophies of some of the individuals that were part of the early Academy. Trans. Plato was himself to be buried there. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015. C.E.). A great accomplishment of Plato was the Academyâa school he founded in about 387 BC and presided over until his death. This term can be translated as âthink tank,â a term that may be as good as any other to conceptualize the Academyâs multiple and evolving activities during Platoâs lifetime. Trans. N.S. 155 (Winter 1993): 5-26. Following Socratesâ example and departing from the sophists and Isocrates, Plato did not charge tuition for individuals who associated with him at the Academy (Lives IV.2). Thesleff, Holger. A scholarch, or ruler of the school, headed the Academy for several generations after Platoâs death in 347 B.C.E. It served as a place where people could study with Plato on different topics, varying from mathematics to philosophy to theoretical astronomy. Although the establishment of the Academy is an important part of Platoâs legacy, Plato himself is silent about his Academy in all of the dialogues and letters ascribed to him. A Commentary on the First Book of Euclidâs Elements. Lacydes of Cyrene was scholarch until approximately 216 B.C.E. Platoâs Academy and Greek Politicsâ in Studies in Honor of T. B. L. Webster, vol. Trans. In addition to formal education, attendance at religious festivals, dramatic and poetic competitions, and political debates and discussions formed an important part of Atheniansâ education. The Suda is a tenth-century C.E. Glucker, John. Michael Chase. Platoâs Academy operated until 84 BC when it was destroyed by Roman general and later dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Platoâs early works (dialogues) provide much of what we know of Socrates (470 â 399BC). Plato was the founder of the famous Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world. Some time afterwards, Cimon reportedly rebuilt the Academy as a public park and gymnasium by providing it with a water supply, running tracks, and shaded walks (Plutarch, Cimon 13.8). It hosted a list of famous philosophers and intellectuals, including Democritus, Socrates, Parmenides, and Xenocrates. The Bloomsbury Companion to Plato. or 383 B.C.E. Unlike the claim that Plato purchased property in the sacred precinct of the Academy, this assertion is possible, for the grounds of the Academy were used for burial, shrines, and memorials. Buy Plato and the Founding of the Academy: Based on a Letter from Plato, newly discovered by Dickens, . This building project, known for its expense, walled in part of the area known as the Academy. Scholars of the Academy are particularly drawn to the fragment from Epicrates preserved by Athenaneus that gives a comic presentation of Platonic dialectic. After living for a time at the Syracuse court, Plato founded (c.387 B.C.) Î¼Î¹Î±) â a higher school founded by Plato in Athens in 387 BC as an association of learned men who were dedicated to independent research, teaching, and to the cult of the muses. Like the other major gymnasia outside the city walls, the Lyceum and the Cynosarges, the Academyâs function as a gymnasium operated in tandem with its function as a religious sanctuary. Plato was himself from the deme of Collytus, a wealthy district southwest of the Acropolis and within the city walls built by Themistocles. Cambridge, MA: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012. While purchase of this property was important to the development of the Platonic Academy, it is important to remember, as Lynch has shown, that Platoâs Academy was not legally incorporated or a juridical entity. While it is probable that Plato associated with other philosophers, including the Athenian mathematician Theaetetus, in the Academy as early as the late 390s (see Nails 2009: 5-6; Nails 2002: 277; Thesleff 2009: 509-518 with Proclusâs Commentary on the First Book of Euclidâs Elements, Book 2, Chapter IV for more details on Theaetetusâs involvement with the Academy), it is the purchase of the property near the Academy after his trip to see Dion in Syracuse that scholars often refer to when speaking of the founding of the Academy in either 387 B.C.E. New York: Touchstone, 1998. âPlatoâs School, the Academy,â Hermathena, No. Byzantine Greek encyclopedia. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. Theaetetus of Athens and Eudoxus of Cnidus were mathematicians, and Phillip of Opus was interested in astronomy and mathematics in addition to serving as Platoâs secretary and editor of the Laws. By the mid-370s B.C.E., the Academy was able to attract Xenocrates from Chalcedon (Dillon 2003: 89), and in 367 Aristotle arrived at the Platonic Academy from relatively far-off Stagira. Themistius was a philosopher and senator in the fourth century C.E. One way to develop a partial picture of the Academy after Platoâs death is to review the succession of Academic scholarchs. Preus, Anthony. Book 2, Chapter IV of Proclusâs commentary gives an account of the development of mathematics that includes helpful information about Plato and other members of the Academy. Due to the improvements initiated by Hipparchus and Cimon, the Academy became a beautiful place to walk, exercise, and conduct religious observances. Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library, 1955. Dillon, John. Aristoxenus was a student of Aristotleâs and he is an early source for Platoâs public lecture âOn the Good.â. An online version of the Suda can be accessed at http://www.stoa.org/sol/. and trans. Diogenes Laertius (2nd-3rd cn. Xenocrates of Chalcedon was scholarch until 314 B.C.E. GÃ¶ttingen: Hypomnemata 56, 1978. Philo was a pupil of Clitomachus and was a head of the Academy (Academica II.17; Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Phyrrhonism I.220). The ruins of the Academy are accessible by foot, and a small museum, Platoâs Academy Museum, helps to orient visitors to the site. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995. A study of the Academy with special attention to the philosophies of Platoâs successors. According to Diogenes Laertius, Plato was buried in the Academy (Lives III.41). Instruction in cultural and physical education was not paid for by public expenditure in the archaic or classical period in Athens, so it was only available to those who could afford it. Plato's extant work is in the form of epistles and dialogues, divided according to the probable order of composition. While The Clouds illustrates that the grounds of the Academy in the 420s had running tracks, a water source, sacred olive groves, and shady walks with poplar, plane, and elm trees, it is not clear whether the Academy was as free of sophistry as Aristophanes presents it, perhaps ironically, in his comedy. While claims that the Academy was an âOrganized School of Political Scienceâ or the âRAND Corporationâ of antiquity go too far in ascribing formal structure and organization to the Academy, Plato and the individuals associated with the Academy were involved in the political issues of their time as well as purely theoretical discussions about political philosophy. Plutarchâs Reply to Colotes claims that Platoâs companions from the Academy were involved in a wide variety of political activities, including revolution, legislation, and political consulting (1126c-d). Plato died at the age of approximately eighty years old. (1002-1008, trans. In the spirit of Platoâs Academy we have launched The Plato Investment Management Academy. It might be outdated or ideologically biased. R. G. Bury. Î¤he Platonic Academy, or simply, âThe Academyâ, was a famous school in ancient Athens founded by Plato in 428/427 BC and located a couple of miles outside the ancient city named Akademeia, after the legendary hero, Akademos. Plato’s Academy was not a formal school or college in the sense we're familiar with. Cham: Switzerland: Springer, 2018. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003. Plato began leading and participating in discussions at the Academyâs grounds in the early decades of the fourth century B.C.E. It was based upon this belief that Plato founded his famous Academy. Speusippus of Athens, Platoâs nephew, was elected scholarch after Platoâs death, and he held that position until 339 B.C.E. to A.D. 220. Themistius (c.317-388 B.C.E.). Diogenes is an invaluable resource for the lives of ancient philosophers, although he is writing five hundred or so years after the philosophers he describes. Plato. 2nd edition. I began to try to imagine the Academy. (Thucydides 1.90), dividing the Kerameikos into an inner Kerameikos and outer Kerameikos. In the fifth century B.C.E., the grounds of the Academy, like those of the Lyceum and the Cynosarges, the two other large gymnasia outside the Athens city walls, became a place for intellectual discussion as well as for exercise and religious activities. Polemo of Athens was scholarch of the Academy until 276 B.C.E. Gymnasia became public places where philosophers could congregate for discussion and where sophists could offer samples of their wisdom to entice students to sign up for private instruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 1986. The various Epistles ascribed to Plato support this view by attesting to Platoâs involvement in the politics of Syrcause, Atarneus, and Assos. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996. Annapolis: St. Johnâs College Press, 1985. Philodemus was an Epicurean philosopher who wrote a work on the Platonic Academy. Telecles and Evander, both of Phocaea, succeed Lacydes as dual scholarchs. Philodemus. Alan Sommerstein. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Philosophers continued to teach Platonism in Athens during the Roman era, but it was not until the early 5th century (c. 410) that a revived Academy was established by some leading Neoplatonists. Athenaneus of Naucratis (2nd-3rd cn. The Academy was a huge impact in Greece because it soon developed into a source of education for the people. Baltes, Matthias. Chroust, Anton-Herman. It had once been home to religious groups with its grove of olive trees dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, war, and crafts. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. It was famously adorned with statues, sepulchers, temples, and olive trees. After Plato's death, the running of the Academy was handed over to Speusippus. (c.110-c.30 B.C.E.). Hornblower, Simon and Anthony Spawforth. Lewis Trelawny-Cassity Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy. It is likely that the aristocratic Plato spent some of his youth at these gymnasia, both for exercise and to engage in conversation with Socrates and other philosophers. Nails, Debra. Plato the Athenian was the philosopher who founded the Academy and whose brilliant writings are the foundation texts of the entire western philosophical tradition. Chapter 1, âPlatoâs LifeâHistorical and Intellectual Contextâ and Chapter 5, âLater Reception, Interpretation and Influence of Plato and the Dialoguesâ are particularly valuable for those interested in the history of the Academy. Aristotle, a wealthy citizen of Stagira, came to the Academy in 367 as a young man and stayed until Platoâs death in 347. The Mithridatic War of 88 B.C.E. The philosophical school which he developed at the Academy was known as Platonism (and its later off-shoot, Neo-Platonism). Emperor Justinian I, a Christian, closed the Academy in 529 A.D. for being pagan. This work provides historical context for all of the individuals mentioned in the Platonic dialogues. Lectures and Essays. 127 (2007): 106-122. Plato (428 â 348 BC) Greek philosopher who was the pupil of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle â and one of the most influential figures in âwesternâ thought. While Platoâs interests were varied and interconnected, the topics of the dialogues reflect topics that Academics were likely to be engaged with. The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). and often powerfully influenced its character and direction. 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