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Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

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CHAPTER ONE

THE ANTI-DEMOCRAT

Plato, son of Ariston and Perictione, has been called the greatest of Greek philosophers by his admirers and chastised as the worst anti-democrat by his detractors. Socrates’ most brilliant student, Plato devoted his life to studying and teaching, to exploring the meaning of life, inquiring into the nature of justice, and pondering how to be a better person.

His real name may have been Aristocles with the nickname Plato—meaning broad—given to him because of his wide forehead or because of his wide-ranging intellectual pursuits. He was born in 427 BC in or near Athens. Plato had two brothers, Glucon and Adeimantus, and a sister Po-tone. When he was still a boy, his father died and his mother married her uncle Pyrilampes, ...

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