Alexander The Great And His Works Impact On The World Well After His Death

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Aristotle

The first reading in chapter two our our text Pursuing Happiness, edited by Matthew Parfitt and Dawn Skorczewski, presents materiel from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. This reading made me curious about Aristotle 's life as he seems to have had a significant influence upon a great many things in the world. In this essay I want to explore Aristotle’s early life, how he influenced Alexander the Great, and his works impact on the world well after his death. In 384 BCE Aristotle was born in Stagira, a small seaport on the northern coas of Greece, that is no longer there. He was born to his father Nicomachus and mother Phaestis, and had an older sister Arimneste. His father was a court physicion to the Macedonian king Amyntas the second. His father and mother both died when he was still young. He was taken in by Proxenus of Atmeus who was married to his sister, Proxenus becomes his guardian until he comes of age. When Aristotle turned seventeen his guardion sent him to Athens to pursue a higher education. He enrolled in Plato’s Academy and became an exemplary scholer, and maintained a two decade relationship with Plato and his Academy. When Plato died in 347 BCE, even though most thought Aristotle would inherit the position of Director at Plato’s Academy he did not because of his differing views on Plato’s philosophical treatises. After Plato’s death Aristotle’s friend Hemies, king of Atarneus and Assos in Mysia, invited him to court. He remained there for three…

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