Plato (l. 424/423 to 348/347 BCE) is the pre-eminent Greek philosopher, known for his Dialogues and for founding his Academy in Athens, traditionally considered the first university in the Western world. Plato was a student of Socrates and featured his former teacher in almost all of his dialogues which form the basis of Western philosophy.

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  • c. 424 BCE - c. 347 BCE
    Life of the Greek philosopher Plato.
  • c. 424 BCE - 423 BCE
    Plato is born at Athens, Greece.
  • 407 BCE
    Plato meets Socrates, abandons aspiration to be playwright.
  • 403 BCE
    Plato turns away from politics toward philosophy.
  • 399 BCE
    Trial and death of the philosopher Socrates, who taught in the court of the Agora.
  • 398 BCE
    Plato flees to Megara with other followers of Socrates.
  • c. 398 BCE - c. 380 BCE
    Plato travels in Egypt, Cyrene, Italy, Syracuse and Sicily.
  • 361 BCE - 360 BCE
    Plato's second trip to Syracuse.
  • 360 BCE
    Final attempt by Plato to make Syracusan king a philosopher-king.
  • 347 BCE
    Plato dies at his Academy.
  • c. 204 CE - 270 CE
    Life of Plotinus.