A Short Biography Of Plato's Laches, Or Courage

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I chose my friend in Philosophy to be Plato, and he is one of the most well-known philosophers who ever lived. Plato was born in Athens Greece, and is believed to be born in the years of 428-427 BCE (Britannica). Plato died within the years of 348-347 BCE, and he is believed to have lived as old as eighty one or eighty four years old. In his life he became a student under Socrates teachings, and Socrates was one of the first philosophers known, who is also the first to have his ideas and thoughts written down in history by Plato. Plato went on to teach Aristotle who also became a well-known philosopher. Within the middle of the fourth century, Plato wrote many philological documents which were highly influential in his time and still …show more content…
This dialogued story was written around 380 BCE, and is mainly about Plato’s teacher Socrates counseling two concerned fathers named Lysimachus and Melesias about their sons, Nicias and Laches. Both fathers were concerned about their son learning the arts of military fighting. They wanted advice about if it would be in their son’s best benefit to learn the art of combat, and to take after their grandfathers, or not. The two fathers had many troubles about choosing to have their sons trained by the military or not. Both fathers disagreed on the matter at hand, but in disagreement they still wondered if they were right. They then sought out advice from Socrates on the matter for reasons of him being wise among other men, and should know the answers and guidance the father are looking for. Instead of answering their question, Socrates asks many questions to them and never gives his straight opinion or advice. Socrates questions what the real underlining purpose of combat training is meant to instill in their sons. These fathers want to do the best sensible thing for their children, and they want their children to have proper education. Both fathers also fear that they might disgrace their ancestors since both sons are named after their grandfathers that were both experts in the arts of …show more content…
Without Plato we would have little to know knowledge about Socrates and his ideals. Plato wrote many things down regarding others, and his own ideals. Due to his writings major ideas, understandings about this world, and how we should live has been passed down to through the generations. I believe we are very lucky that Plato’s works have been preserved since they were written. They could easily have been destroyed, but it lasted through centuries and is still read and studied today. Human kind may have advanced in technology and how we live, but key things that make us human have not changed. We all have feelings, ideas, expressions, and we all ask questions that we think we have answers too. Plato’s work is still relevant to humanity in these key traits and much

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