The Most Famous Tutor – Aristotle

A tutor is an instructor who gives private lessons. The most famous example of a tutor is Aristotle, who tutored Alexander the Great.

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Aristotle (Ancient Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης [aristotélɛːs], Aristotélēs) (384 BC – 322 BC)[1] was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing ethics, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics.

Alexander the Great


Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, Aléxandros ho Mégasiii[›] from the Greek ἀλέξω alexo “to defend, help” + ἀνήρ aner “man”), was a king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. By the age of thirty, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas.[1] He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history’s most successful commanders.[2]

Author: mathtuition88

5 thoughts on “The Most Famous Tutor – Aristotle”

  1. Hi William,

    Whenever I teach a student for the first time, I always share with them this quote from Aristotle:
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

    He has been a great inspiration to me. So it’s really wonderful to find out that he was a tutor too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂



  2. Another great tutor was J.J. Sylvester, who tutored. Florence Nightingale (the founder of the world’s Nursing profession).

    Confucius started the world’s first private tuition centre 2500 yrs ago with 3000 students, of which 72 became excellent scholars, ministers and generals. He influenced all Chinese through his teaching.


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