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A R I S T O T L E ::: Snapshot at His Life

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A Life That Changed the World

______________384 – 322 B.C.______________

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The following chart I have made based on the chapter, “A Life that Changed the World,” in On Aristotle by Garret Thomson and Marshall Missner (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2000), 5-8.

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384 B.C.

Aristotle is born.


347 B.C.

Plato dies and his nephew Speusippus becomes head of the Academy, so Aristotle leaves Athens and begins independent exploration, first in Assos where he founded an academy, second on the island of Lesbos 7 miles south of Assos.


343 B.C.

Aristotle is invited by Philip of Macedonia to tutor his son Alexander the Great at 14 years old.  Aristotle accepts and tutors for 7 years until Alexander became King in 336 B.C.


334 B.C.

Aristotle returns to Athens to start his own school, the Lyceum, in a grove in  the north of Athens that was said to be a spot frequented by Socrates.  Here  Aristotle would produce most of his mature and well known works, build a  team of researches in almost every field of science, collect hundreds of  manuscripts, maps, natural objects, specimens, etc., effectually creating the one  of the first libraries and museums. 


321 B.C.

 Alexander the Great dies and Athens targets Aristotle as the city becomes a  center for strong anti-Macedonian sentiments.  Aristotle voluntary leaves “in  order that the Athenians might not commit a second crime against Philosophy”  (i.e. repeat the fate of Socrates).  He leaves Theophrastus in charge of the  Lyceum. 


322 B.C.

 Aristotle dies leaving a will that he be buried next to his wife Pythias.




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