Greek philosopher Plato was a gymnast

Plato … was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy …

Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science. …

His given name, we think, was Aristocles (Ἀριστοκλῆς). Plato was a nickname given to him by a wrestling coach for his broad chest. Or broad shoulders. Plato being related to the word for wide. That’s how one story goes.

Physical fitness was important to the Greek philosophers.

The gymnasium (Greek: gymnasion) in Ancient Greecefunctioned as a training facility for competitors in public games. It was also a place for socializing and engaging in intellectual pursuits. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term gymnós meaning “naked“.

Athletes competed nude, a practice which was said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body, and to be a tribute to the gods …

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