Aristotle was born in 384 B

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Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in a small town called Stagira. His parents died when he  was still young, and he was raised as an orphan. Though little is known about Aristotle's  early years, the occupation of his father, Nicomachus, did have a significant influence on  his development. Nicomachus was a physician, and this probably accounted for  Aristotle's especially strong interest in biology, a science that had long been considered  inferior to other disciplines. At the age of eighteen, Aristotle entered Plato's Academy and soon became the  undisputed top student. He spent about twenty years there. Though Aristotle criticized  many of Plato's theories, he was always careful to acknowledge his debt to his former  master and stress the common ground that they shared. As much as he did depart from  Plato's thought, the teacher's presence always bore some mark on the student's work. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle left Athens and spent some years traveling, taking 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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