In addition to their great monuments of architecture, the Greeks left an impressive legacy of ideas. Learn about the lives of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and other great thinkers of ancient Greece.
This illustration shows the Greek sage and mathematician Pythagoras, who flourished in the 6th century BC. He was the first to identify himself as a philosopher, or 'lover of wisdom'.
Empedocles (c.490-c.430 BC) was a Greek philosopher and statesman who originated the idea that four elements make up everything that exists: fire, water, air and earth.
The Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) teaches his ideas to the young Athenians whilst awaiting his execution. Though he did not write down his work, his influence was wide.
Socrates was forced to commit suicide in prison by drinking hemlock. Here he is surrounded by his grieving friends and followers.
This bust of the Greek philosopher Plato (c.428-c.348 BC) shows one of the most important philosophers in the history of mankind. He is known especially for his Socratic dialogues.
Plato Aristocles is shown here with the philosopher and scientist Aristotle (384-322 BC), his foremost student and one of the best thinkers of ancient Greece.
Herodotus (c.484-c.424 BC) was a Greek historian who traveled widely. He wrote a history of the Greco-Persian Wars and is often called the 'Father of History.'
Euclid was a mathematician, but also wrote works on logic and reasoning. Read more in Did the ancient Greeks get their ideas from the Africans?