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Monday Mix-ins: The Greek Thinkers

February 5th, 2018

The School of Athens by Raphael
{Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons}

This week we have few videos and links to share about the ancient Greek philosophers (and a couple of other notable thinkers of the time). We’re talking Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the like. Here’s what we found – hope you can use them!


Raphael, School of Athens – If you want to learn more about the the image above, here’s a Khan Academy video discussing the famous painting, which depicts many of the great ancient thinkers:


Socrates: Biography of a Great Thinker – Here’s a basic bio of this great founder of Western Philosophy:


Animated Philosophers: Socrates – This is a part of a Greek video series translated to English:


50 Great Teachers: Socrates – Kids who attend a school that uses the Socratic method were asked questions about Socrates, and here are their answers. (Our SLOCA kids could totally make a video like this!):


Plato: Biography of a Great Thinker – Just like the bio above, but about Plato:


Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Perhaps you’ve heard of this allegory from Plato’s Republic, but don’t really know what it is…? This TED-Ed video will explain what Plato may have been suggesting:


PLATO - Allegory of the Cave – If the above video didn’t help much, try this one. An (older) animated video telling the story of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave:


Plato’s best (and worst) ideas – Another one from TED-Ed:


Mini Bio: Aristotle – From the Biography channel:


Aristotle: Biography of a Great Thinker – Finishing off the trio of philosophers, here’s Aritsotle’s bio (there are more videos in this series - you’ll see them on YouTube if you’re interested):


Horrible Histories Song: The Thinkers – The Philosophers, Beatles (or is it Monkees?) style. Here’s a dose of silliness for this week:


The Greek Legacy: How the Ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics:


The Greek Legacy: An Animated Adventure – More about math in Ancient Greece:


Pythagoras in 2 minutes – Here’s a quick visual demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem:


Why is Herodotus called “The Father of History?” – Also from TED-Ed:



Ancient Greece Hall of Fame – From the British Museum, here you'll find several of the most prominent artists, scientists, and thinkers of ancient Greece. Click on each to learn about their achievements.

Plato's Cave – Also from the same website as the link above, here's an interactive guide through Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

25 Famous Ancient Greeks – Here’s a list that contains a few more influential thinkers from Ancient Greece.

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle – This website for kids has basic info on each of these philosophers as well as images to view.

The Story of Socrates: A Great Teacher – See a small marble statue of Socrates and read a story about him.

Works by Plato – If you want to read any of his writings, find them here.

Works by Aristotle – Same website as above.

Ancient Greek Philosophers Quiz – If you kids like this sort of thing…

Inside the Archimedes Palimpsest – Considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity, here you can see a 1000-year-old copy of Archimedes' writings. (Click on “Launch Interactive.”)



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