Aristotle Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Aristotle was a great thinker of his day. He is remembered as a great philosopher whose important contributions to science, politics, and philosophy aided our understanding of how the world works.

Who was Aristotle?

What do you think it would have been like to go to school in the year 367 B.C.? There weren't as many people on Earth at that time, so your classroom would have been very small. There also weren't as many teachers, so you might have had the same teacher for all of your classes from the day you started school until the day you graduated.

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher.

In this lesson, you'll learn about Aristotle, who was a student of Plato. Aristotle studied under Plato for many years and was an excellent student who went on to become a famous Greek philosopher.

Aristotle: The Student

Aristotle was born in Northern Greece in 384 B.C. B.C. stands for Before Christ, and is used to record events that happened before that time.

When Aristotle turned 17, he traveled to Athens to attend Plato's Academy, which was one of the best schools available. Plato was a respected Greek philosopher who studied under another great teacher by the name of Socrates. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are remembered as three important ancient Greek philosophers.

Aristotle continued to learn at the Academy for nearly 20 years until Plato died in 347 B.C. His years at the Academy were important and helped to shape many of his ideas about science, politics, and human nature.

With his Academy days behind him, Aristotle traveled and continued to learn and develop his ideas. During his travels, he met a woman named Pythias, who would become his wife. Aristotle and his wife had a daughter, who was also named Pythias.

Aristotle: The Teacher

At this stage in Aristotle's life, it was time for him to become the teacher and open a school of his own. One of Aristotle's first students was Alexander. Alexander grew up to become a conquering hero who extended the civilization of Greece through much of the ancient world. His victories earned him the title Alexander the Great.

Aristotle's school, which was named the Lyceum, was opened in Athens around 335 B.C. At the Lyceum, Aristotle and his students conducted research on the subjects that interested Aristotle, including science (i.e. physics, astronomy, and biology), human nature (i.e. psychology, ethics, and rhetoric or effective communication), politics, and the arts.

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