Aristotle was born in Macedonia, a country to the north of ancient Greece. Aristotle respected the Greek way of doing things and thinking about things. He spoke Greek and believed in the Greek gods.
From the time he was young Aristotle was curious about things. His parents believed in education and encouraged Aristotle to learn. At the age of 17, his parents allowed him to move to Athens so that he could study with the famous scholar, Plato.
Aristotle stayed in Athens for 20 years. He continued to study with Plato. He also wrote, and later he also taught his own students. King Phillip of Macedonia offered Aristotle a job as tutor to the king's young son, Alexander. Aristotle taught Alexander to admire and respect the Greeks.
When Alexander's father died, Alexander became the king of Macedonia. He was a military genius who conquered the entire Mediterranean region. Everywhere he went, he spread the Greek way of doing things. Thanks to Alexander and his teacher, Aristotle, the many gifts the Greeks gave the world survived. That's why Alexander is sometimes called the Great Greek, even though he was not Greek and only ruled his conquered lands for about 13 years.
Aristotle is remembered for the sayings he used to help his students become wiser. These sayings were the basis for discussion, argument, and thought. Aristotle is still quoted today. For example, Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit” and “We think in pictures. If you wish to change what you think, change the picture.”
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