Plato

Plato was born in Greece around 428 BC and died there around 348 BC. His father Ariston had a pedigree which was traditionally believed to go back to the old kings of Athens, and through them to the god Poseidon. Plato’s mother was Perictione. Her descent is equally famous and more historically certain. One of his ancestors here was Solon, a great statesman and believed to be the inventor of Democracy.

Plato was one of mankind’s greatest philosophers. His mentor was Socrates and his student was Aristotle. Plato was most probably actually named “Aristocles’ but was called ‘Platon’ which meant ‘broad’ referring to his broad

shoulders which made him a serious wrestling contender. Body strength and fitness was very important in Greece in those days. Let us not forget that the Olympic Games originate from ancient Greece.

Platonic Love
The concept of Platonic Love originates in Plato’s early writings such as ‘Symposium’ and ‘Phaedrus’. In today’s modern popular sense, Platonic Love means a non-sexual - but loving relationship – irrelevant of gender.

Immortality
In his writings of ‘Phaedo’, ‘Republic’ and ‘Phaedrus’ Plato backs a belief in the immortality of the soul.

Atlantis
In his works ‘Timaeus’ and ‘Critias’ Plato describes Atlantis as a huge circular city consisting of three rings of water and two rings of land. It was a glorious civilization protected by a mighty army.