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Plato ( PLAY-toe; Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher born in Athens during the Classical period. In Athens, Plato founded the Academy, a philosophical school where he taught the philosophical doctrines that would later become known as Platonism. Plato, or Platon, was a pen name derived, apparently, from the nickname given to him by his wrestling coach – allegedly a reference to his physical girth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Plato has received more than 17,522,691 page views. His biography is available in 200 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 194 in 2019). Plato is the 2nd most popular philosopher, the 2nd most popular biography from Greece (up from 3rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Greek Philosopher.

Plato is most famous for his theory of Forms. Plato believed that the world we see is only a reflection of the true world of Forms.

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Among philosophers, Plato ranks 2 out of 1,081Before him are Aristotle. After him are Socrates, Confucius, Pythagoras, René Descartes, Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Avicenna, John Locke, and Niccolò Machiavelli.

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Among people born in 427 BC, Plato ranks 1After him is Emperor Kōan. Among people deceased in 347 BC, Plato ranks 1After him is Archytas.

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Among people born in Greece, Plato ranks 2 out of 936Before him are Aristotle (-384). After him are Alexander the Great (-356), Socrates (-470), Homer (-800), Pythagoras (-570), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Sophocles (-497), Democritus (-460), Epicurus (-341), and Pericles (-494).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Plato ranks 2Before him are Aristotle (-384). After him are Socrates (-470), Pythagoras (-570), Democritus (-460), Epicurus (-341), Protagoras (-486), Plutarch (46), Gorgias (-483), Leucippus (-500), Theophrastus (-371), and Pyrrho (-365).