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Stashes of ashes: Plato’s last hours

Those of us who like to follow history are always enthused when something new appears on the horizon, especially when it is genuinely exciting. And it’s even better when the “new news” adds to our knowledge, wonder and the urge to follow the call for wanderlust. So, here is something really special that covers all of those criteria.

Of course, one of the best locations to discover and truly understand history is in Europe, and in this case once again, Italy. And, once again, it’s Pompeii taking the limelight. Recently, ashes were found that contained what are believed to belong to Plato. And, not only that, but where he was actually buried and where his ashes may have been.

(For a history refresher, Plato founded the The Academy in Athens around 387 BCE, which is often considered the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. The Academy attracted many of the most brilliant minds of the time and served as a model for later universities.)

For years, scholars believed that the Academy in Athens was one possible location, but tradition suggests that Plato was buried in the grounds of his Academy in Athens. The Academy was an important institution of learning founded by Plato, and it would have been a fitting place for his burial. This is genuinely exciting stuff. Read more here and watch the video above.

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