When Plato died in 347 B

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When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle left Athens and spent some years traveling, taking  part in various intellectual circles at Assos and Lesbos. At Lesbos he began conducting  his biological research, while his prior work had been concerned primarily with  metaphysics and politics, in the form of responses to or even expositions of Plato's  ideas. In 343 B.C. he was asked to tutor Philip's son, the future Alexander the Great. He  spent three years with Alexander teaching primarily the standard subjects, such as  rhetoric and poetry. He also encouraged Alexander's ambitions to conquer Persia,  reinforcing the belief that non-Greeks were barbarians. Aristotle's xenophobic beliefs  would never soften, and as Alexander's attitude toward the Persians changed, tension  increased between the two men. Soon after Philip's death in 336 B.C., Aristotle returned to Athens, where he founded the 
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