Plato was originally called Aristocles

According to Diogenes Laërtius, the famous philosopher Plato had a name similar to that of his apprentice Aristotle: he was named Aristocles after his grandfather.

It was common in Athenian society for boys to be named after their grandfathers (or fathers); his father was called Ariston.

Apparently, his wrestling coach, Ariston of Argos, dubbed him Platon, meaning “broad,” because of his robust figure.

Although it was a fairly common name, Platon does not occur in Plato’s known family line.



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