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"Happiness belongs to the self sufficient." - Aristotle

The philosopher and scientist Aristotle is believed to have been born in the Northern Greek town of Stagiros in 384 BC. When he was 17 he joined Plato’s circle at the Academy in Athens. He remained there for 20 years, first as a student and then as a teacher. After Plato died, he traveled widely including a period of time educating Alexander the Great. Later he began his own school in Athens known as the Lyceum.

Although he died more than 2300 years ago (in 322 BC) his philosophical and biological studies continue to have an impact on the modern world. He is considered one of the ‘big three’ philosophers of the period, along with Plato and Socrates - Aristotle was a student of Plato who had been a student of Socrates (anyone needing to remember this for a test, or simply to impress their friends, may find the mnemonic SPA useful).

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