What was Plato wrong about?

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  • Christoph Horn
  • Jörn Müller
  • Joachim Söder
  • Anna Schriefl
  • Simon Weber


The ancient sources that have been preserved agree that Plato died in the first year of the 108th Olympiad. Since the Attic year began towards the end of June, according to our calendar, the time is from the end of June 348 to the end of June 347. Accordingly, the year of Plato's death is generally given as 348/7. The ancient information about Plato's age at the time of his death (the 80th, 81st, 82nd and 84th year of life are mentioned) and, related to this, the year of his birth are different. It is most likely that he was born in the first year of the 88th Olympiad, i.e. in 428/7, and died at the age of 81 (Jacoby 1902, 304-312).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Horn
  • Jörn Müller
  • Joachim Söder
  • Anna Schriefl
  • Simon Weber
  1. 1. Institute for Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany
  2. 2. Institute for Philosophy, University of Würzburg, Germany
  3. 3. Aachen Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Germany