WELCOME TO ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY

We will travel back in time to the three centuries 600 - 300 B.C.E. --
    the Dawn (600 - 500); Midday (500-400); and Twilight (400-300)
                                    of the Greek Experience

     Dawn of the Greek Experience -- 600 - 500 BCE

Age of the PreSocratics -- especially Pythagoras and Heraclitus     Midday of the Greek Experience -- 500 - 400 BCE

    The Golden Age of Athens opens with the Greek alliance defeating the Persians.
    It ends with the war between Athens and Sparta and the execution of Socrates.
    In the middle, the Parthenon is built on the Acropolis and the arts flourish.

Socrates lived through most of this century, dying in 399 BCE
Age of Pericles and the historians Heroditus and Thycycidides
Age of the great tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides plus
                                the comic playwright Aristophanes
    The Twilight of the Greek Experience -- 400 - 300 BCE

                                     Reflections by Plato and Aristotle.

                                            Recall: Socrates taught Plato
                                                             who taught Aristotle
                                                              who taught Alexander the Great who
                                        ironically put an end to the independent Greek City states
                                               and introduced the Hellenistic period.
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