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The Life and Times of Plato (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

The Life and Times of Plato (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

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by Jim Whiting
     
 
Many scholars regard Plato as the greatest philosopher of all time. Yet he was much more than a man with his head in the clouds. Plato grew up in a turbulent era. A violent civil war divided the Greeks. The turbulence carried over into his personal life. His beloved teacher, Socrates, was executed by the city of Athens. From the teachings of Socrates and his own

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Many scholars regard Plato as the greatest philosopher of all time. Yet he was much more than a man with his head in the clouds. Plato grew up in a turbulent era. A violent civil war divided the Greeks. The turbulence carried over into his personal life. His beloved teacher, Socrates, was executed by the city of Athens. From the teachings of Socrates and his own experiences, Plato developed important theories about government, ethics, love, beauty—even reality. He founded what is probably the first university in the Western world. Plato risked imprisonment and death when he tried to put his political ideas into action. At one point he was almost sold into slavery. He left much for the world to contemplate.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-While these titles are well illustrated and have simplified basic maps and glossaries, they fail to explain adequately the importance of these figures throughout history or their impact on society today. Cicero is particularly confusing. With no contextual explanation of the Roman political system, modern readers will be very perplexed. There are also inconsistencies and errors. Herodotus and Plato are choppily written, poorly organized, and incomplete. So little is known about Herodotus's life that most of the book rehashes the Persian War, misspelling a key player (it's Sicinnus, not Sinnicus). Plato focuses on the man's political writings and omits his famous allegory of the cave. Aristotle, a vast improvement over the other titles, is still only adequate. Margaret J. Anderson and Karen F. Stephenson's Aristotle (Enslow, 2004) is just as serviceable.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584155072
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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