427 BC - 347 BC

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Plato ( PLAY-toe; Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was a Greek philosopher born in Athens during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. He founded the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Plato is widely considered a pivotal figure in the history of Ancient Greek and Western philosophy, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Plato has received more than 14,162,102 page views. His biography is available in 194 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 189 in 2019). Plato is the 2nd most popular philosopher (down from 1st in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Greece (down from 2nd 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 1,089Before him are Aristotle. After him are Socrates, Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Augustine of Hippo.

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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 3 out of 855Before him are Alexander the Great (-356) and Aristotle (-384). After him are Socrates (-470), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Pythagoras (-570), Spartacus (-109), Sophocles (-497), Epicurus (-341), Pericles (-494), and Democritus (-460).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Plato ranks 2Before him are Aristotle (-384). After him are Socrates (-470), Pythagoras (-570), Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445).