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Aristotle

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Aristotle, Roman copy of a Greek original

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher. He was born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE. He died in Euboea, Greece, in 322 BCE (aged 62). At age 18, he joined Plato's Academy in Athens and stayed there until age 37. At the request of Philip of Macedonia, Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE.

His best known works are The Poetics and The Republic. His writings constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. He is considered by many to be the first modern scientist.

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