Pla·to (plātō) 427?-347? BC.
Greek philosopher noted for his many written dialogues in which his mentor Socrates appears as the central character. The best known of these, The Republic, expounds Plato's idealist philosophy and describes a hypothetical utopian state ruled by thinkers. He taught and wrote for much his life at the Academy, which he founded near Athens around 386.
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Roman marble copy after a Greek sculpture by Silanion (active late 4th century bc)
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