Essay on The Life and Achievements of Aristotle

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Aristotle was born in 384 BC. In Stagira, a small town northern Greece. He had one older brother and one sister. His father, Nicomachus, was a doctor. His mother, Phaestis, came from the island of Euboea. She was wealthy. Owning a house which later remained in the family after she married Nicomachus.
There are hardly any personal details of Aristotle because he lived so long ago. The little details we know are mostly from a Greek Historian named Diogenes Laertius. In his book he said that Aristotle had a lisp when he spoke and had small eyes. His attire, rings, and haircut were easily noticeable. Education in Greece was boys usually went to private schools when they were around six years old. They were taught reading, writing, and
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He died when Aristotle was only ten years old. His mother, Phaestis died around the same time. Aristotle was left an orphan. Since Aristotle had no teacher, he ended his career in medicine. Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. When Aistotle arrived in Athens in 367 B.C. the academy was 12 years old. The philosopher Plato was the director. Plato’s teachings were linked to the teachings of Socrates. Forty years earlier, when Plato was twenty, he had met the great philosopher and and immediately became his devoted student. After Socrates death, Plato left Athens and spent twlve years traveling in Greece, Egypt, Italy, and Sicily. After his traveling he then decided to become a teacher. In ancient Greece teachers held class in the streets and in the marketplace. If not enough students were gathered they would move out and look for another city. Plato didn’t like that style of teaching o he decided to buy land and set up a permanent school. The school became known as The Academy. Classes were held outdoors. The teachings they focused on were politics and philosophy. But philosophy was the more deep subject. It covered physics and astronomy. Plato’s desire was to give students knowledge and wisdom. As Aristotle attended the academy it was an exciting and environment for an eager student. Aristotle earned the nickname Anagnostes, which means the reader. Aristotle later rejected Plato’s views and developed his own