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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPlatoPla‧to /ˈpleɪtəʊ/  (?427–347BC) an ancient Greek philosopher, who had a very great influence on European philosophy. He explained his ideas in the form of written conversations. His teacher was socrates, and after Socrates’ death he established a school called the Academy, where Aristotle was one of his students. His most famous work is The Republic, about the perfect state and form of government.
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