Philosophy, art/culture, and the Olympics. What do these topics have in common? “Plato was one of the most famous, respected, and influential philosophers of all time.” (About.com). Greece, the origin of the Olympics, interesting art/culture, and famous philosophers, has inspired tons of people around the world.
Philosophy was something Greeks had loved. Philosophy means “Lover of Wisdom” in Greek language. Socrates started to question the world when he was around 40 years old. At first, Socrates asked simple questions like, “What is wisdom,” or even, “What is beauty?” He asked person after person these questions. The more he asked, the more detailed Socrates’ questions got. Plato was Socrates’ faithful student. Socrates was 70 when he was called to court for not believing the gods. Socrates was sentenced to death. Once Socrates died, Plato wrote down his philosophy. This included things like, “know thyself, monotheism, immortality of the soul, belief in education, and bad behavior was a result of ignorance.” Plato thought a lot about the natural world. Plato also believed that the soul was made up of three parts; natural desires, will, and reason. Plato had a student named Aristotle. Plato died at the age of 82, when Aristotle left the school to teach a Prince Alexander, who ended up being Alexander the Great. Aristotle was the creator of the governments; monarchies, democracies, republics, etc. Philosophers did a lot of thinking back then. Philosophers are somewhat, our humanities teachers back then. They were very important.
“There are so few places in the world with such rich and diverse, artistic and cultural history that Greece has.” (travelinfo.gr) Greek buildings are some of the most remarkable building of today that are still there. The first person to come up with the idea of dramatic dialogues and having characters perform in front of an audience was Aeschylus....