“Plato —Son of Ariston son of Aristocles, and Perictione\ ... who was a descendant of Solon ... He was born in Aegina in the 88th Olympiad (428-5 B.C.), just after the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. He lived to be eighty-two, dying in the 108th Olympiad (348-5). His first lessons were given him by a certain Dionysius, and he learnt gymnastics of Ariston of Argos. Later, he learnt the art of petry, and wrote dithyrambs and tragedies, but in the end he threw this up in favour of philosophy, which he studied under Socrates for twenty years... Plato made three journeys to Sicily, to the courts of the two despots Dionysius, and was sold as a slave by one of them, being bought by Anniceris the Libyan, who set him free. He spent his life teaching in the Academy. His successors at that school were these, Speusippus, Xenocrates, Polemo, Crantor, Crates ... His genuine Dialogues number fifty-six...” Suidas

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