The son of a wealthy and noble family, Plato (427-347 BC) was preparing for a career in politics when the trial and execution of Socrates changed the course of his life. He abandoned his political career and turned to philosophy, opening a school on the outskirts of Athens dedicated to the Socratic search for wisdom. Most of Plato's major philosophical assumptions are present, in brief form, in the Allegory of the Cave.

The Cave: Reality Bytes

Plato, philosopher,
Dreamed up a new concept
One febrile night:
Juxtaposed images,
Objects that do not go
Bump in the light!

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