At Assos Hermeias had succeeded in forming his own intellectual circle consisting largely of former Academy members. Thus Aristotle was able to retreat to another flourishing intellectual domain, and around this time he began to formulate ideas that would be extrapolated in his Politics. He also wrote the now lost work On Kingship, in which he stresses that not only is it unnecessary for a king to be a philosopher, which Plato concurred with, but that it is undesirable for a king to be one. Rather, a king should turn the wisdom of true philosophers into good deeds, allowing the philosopher to remain independent. Aristotle spent about three years in Assos before moving to the nearby island of Lesbos. Settling in the capital city of Mytilene, he shifted the focus of his research to biology. At that time biology as a science was looked down upon and not given much serious
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