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Aristotle – the pride of Halkidiki

Aristotle – the pride of Halkidiki

A disciple of the great Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle came to this world to change the notion of scientific methodology and the surrounding reality.

A philosopher, an outstanding teacher and undoubtedly the most systematic and methodical mind of the ancient world, he managed to transfer his interest in knowledge to his beloved pupil Alexander the Great and created his own school, the famous gymnasium of Aristotle.

On the way to glory

Aristotle was born in 384 BC in Stagira on the peninsula of Halkidiki, in the family of the royal doctor Nikomakh, during the reign of Aminatas III, the grandfather of Alexander the Great.

He moved in Athens at the age of 17 (367 BC), in the academic center of the ancient world and studied at the Academy of Plato, the best educational institution of that time.

Aristotle will stay close to Plato for almost two decades, fully understanding the reasoning of his famous teacher and developing with him a special academic relationship. Nevertheless, the philosophical arguments of the two men will soon lead them to a rupture, and when Plato died in 347 BC, Aristotle did not become the head of the Academy, despite the fact that there were no more worthy candidates in all of Greece.

Life’s vicissitudes led Aristotle to the city of Asso, located in Asia Minor, where he founded a branch of the Plato Academy, since the ruler of that land was an old pupil of Plato and Aristotle - Hermias. Aristotle taught at the school for three years (347-345 BC) and significantly influenced the reign of the tyrant Hermias, having the opportunity to put into practice some of his philosophical and social views.

Being in Asso, he married the niece of Hermias, Pythia, from whom Aristotle had a daughter. The tragic end of the tyrant, in 345 BC, forces Aristotle to leave the city and move to Lesbos, where he will remain until 342 BC to write and teach.

Great Teacher

In 342 BC the now well-known teacher will accept the invitation of the king of Macedonia, Philip II, to return to his native city to teach his 13-year-old son Alexander. Philip appreciated Aristotle and richly thanked him for his labors, while the thinker, using Homer's epics as teaching materials was teaching his son.

Aristotle will stay by the side of his disciple, later known as Alexander the Great for 6 years. And when in 335 BC Alexander took the throne of Macedonia and established peace in the Greek land, Aristotle returned to the city where he once studied to build his own school.