Philosopher-Kings of Ancient Greece

Philosopher-Kings of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greeks viewed philosophy as a chance to think critically.


5 - 12


Geography, Human Geography, Social Studies, World History

Ancient Greeks believed that wisdom and intelligence were important. They strived to make decisions based on information, not ignorance.

Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, advocated for engagement with thoughtful and knowledgeable citizens. Plato supported this idea so much that his ideal form of governance was not democracy, but rule by a benevolent “philosopher-king.”

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September 27, 2022

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