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Plato (427-347 B.C.) was
the son of wealthy and influential Athenian parents. The original
name of this aristocrat was Aristocles, but in his school days he was
nicknamed Platon because of his broad shoulders. He was a student of
Socrates. After the death of Socrates, he went to Italy and studied
under the students of Pythagoras. Here, he also spent several years
as an adviser to the ruling family of Syracuse. In 387 B.C., he returned to
Athens and established his school of philosophy, the Academy,
where Aristotle was one of his most notable students. Most of his written works are in
the form of dialogues. These works include The Crito, The Phaedo,
The Phaedrus, The Symposium, and The Republic.