Of all the people who tutored Alexander the great, none is as famous or important as Aristotle.
The sage was not unknown in Macedonia, since his father Nicomachus had practiced as a doctor at Pella’s court. The relationship between Aristotle and Alexander the Great was extended for years, specifically between 343 and 335 BC.
Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, hired the great philosopher Aristotle to tutor his sun from the age of 13.
With his companions of the high nobility, Aristotle taught them a wide variety of subjects: History, literature, geography, mathematics, ethics, politics, philosophy, medicine…
In fact, in the future it would be Alexander the Great himself who would cure many diseases of his soldiers by prescribing drugs and therapies.
In the literary field, Aristotle placed special emphasis on the Iliad of Homer, which would become the favorite book of the young prince; and in the works of Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon, which influenced him deeply when it came to the conquest of Asia.
Also, according to Callisthenes, great nephew of Aristotle by his sister and chronicler of Alexander in his campaigns, Alexander the Great was also a great admirer of the poetry of Pindar and the Greek tragedy, especially Euripides.
It should be noted that throughout this process of intellectual formation, physical and military training did not stop, being constant the training in equestrian, gymnastics and athletics.
Aristotle is considered, along with his teacher Plato, one of the most important philosophers not only of ancient history, but of the whole history of philosophy.
A scholar of infinite curiosity, Aristotle did research in most branches of human knowledge: philosophy, history, mathematics, biology, political science, physics, astronomy, psychology, anatomy, chemistry…
Who was Aristotle?
Aristotle was born in 384 BC in the city of Stagira, north of Greece.
His parents were dedicated to medicine, his father was a doctor in the court of the King of Macedonia, and so from a young age he became interested in scientific knowledge.
When he became an orphan, at the age of sixteen, he traveled to Athens to join the Academy, where he became Plato’s most brilliant disciple during the twenty years he remained there.
Unlike Plato, who never married or had children, Aristotle married twice in his life, with Pitiade first and Herpílide later, and had a son and a daughter.