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Aristotle Teaches Alexander The Great
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Filippos, the king of Macedonia, appointed Aristotle as the teacher of his son, Alexander, when the latter was thirteen years old, which is a very important age in order to shape a character.
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) was eager to teach the young Alexander, according to his principles, that human personality is positively build on virtue ('arete'). The great philosopher believed that only virtue could show a personality the way to perfection. He tried thus to form his young student's character pushing him towards good deeds. It is clear that Aristotle's teachings put the seeds for Alexander's later deeds and ideas.
The archetypal symbol for great ideas is the square. Strong examples of high intellect fruition is, among others, Pythagoras' theorem (a2 + b2 = c2 ), the vitruvian man, Le Corbusier's Modulor and Einstein's equation (E = mc2) that defines the relation between energy and mass.
Furthermore, the rectangle, as an archetype, expresses the procedure of conception, of establishment. In this specific work, the rectangle acts on various symbolic levels regarding Aristotle: on the one hand his enormous intellectual work and on the other the fundamental impact of this work on western philosophy.
May 7th, 2013
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