Plato was born in Athens around 428 B.C. His parents were rich Athenian nobles. Plato's father died when Plato was a child.
Plato was educated in philosophy, poetry, and gymnastics by distinguished Athenian teachers. Plato became a devoted follower of the philosopher Socrates. After Socrates' suicide, Plato spent 12 years traveling in Southern Italy, Sicily, and Egypt.
During those 12 years, he studied with other philosophers, including followers of the mathematician Pythagoras.
Around 387 B.C., the 40 year old Plato returned to Athens and founded his philosophical school. It was located in the grove of the Greek hero Academus, just outside the city walls.
In the Academy, Plato lectured students gathered from the Greek world. Many of Plato's later writings have their origin in his teahing there.
Plato died in Athens and probably was buried on the Academy grounds.