Plato Timeline
Timeline Description: The ancient Greek philosopher (427 to 347 BCE) Plato was a follower of Socrates, and was later the teacher of Aristotle. Plato formed the foundations of much of Western philosophy, and provided records of Socratic teachings.

Date Event
427 BC Plato Was Born(427 BCE)

Plato, the best known of Socrates' followers, was born in 427 BCE in the city of Athens. He was still a young man when his teacher died.
407 BC Plato Met Socrates(407 BCE)

At around 20 years old, Plato met Socrates. He took a strong interest in politics at this time.
403 BC Plato Took an Interest in Philosophy(403 BCE)

Plato, having already given up playwriting, abandoned his interest in politics for an interest in Socratic philosophy.
399 BC Socrates Died(399 BCE)

After the trial, Socrates was condemned to die by poison. He took the poison and died in 399 BCE.
398 BC Plato Fled to Megara(398 BCE)

Plato and others in Socrates' close circle fled to the city of Megara following Socrates' death to avoid potential prosecution in Athens.
398 BC Plato Travelled(398 to 380 BCE)

For nearly 20 years, Plato travelled through much of the ancient Greek world, including Egypt, Italy, Syracuse and Sicily.
380 BC Plato Founded Academy(380 BCE)

In 380 BCE, Plato founded the Academy outside of Athens to teach philosophy. The best-known of his students, Aristotle, would go on to have a lasting impact of his own.
367 BC Second Trip to Syracuse(367 BCE)

Plato made his second trip to Syracuse around 367 BCE. He was in close contact with the king of Syracuse.
367 BC Aristotle Began Studies(367 BCE)

In 367 BCE, Aristotle began his studies at Plato's Academy.
361 BC Final Trip to Syracuse(361 BCE)

In 361 BCE, Plato made his final trip to Syracuse. He had been, for some time, attempting to turn the king of Syracuse into a philosopher-king. He was not successful.
347 BC Plato Died(347 BCE)

Plato died in 347 BCE at the Academy where he lived and worked.
347 BC Aristotle Left the Academy(347 BCE)

After Plato's death, Aristotle left the Academy, moving on to found his own philosophical academy.
529 Plato's Academy Closed(529 CE)

Plato's Academy functioned for nearly 1000 years, until it was closed by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian.