Τα ίχνη του βίου και του πορείας του σπουδαίου φιλόσοφου αποτυπώνονται ανεξίτηλα στην ιδιαίτερη πατρίδα του, αφήνοντας σε εμάς ζωντανή την σπουδαιότητα του έργου του.

Aristoteles

Aristoteles, (Aristotle) the great ancient philosopher, honours this land as his birthland, since he was born in Stageira in 384 B.C by doctor Nicomachus and Faistia. His parents died when he was only a child. Since then he was raised by his relative, Atarneus. At the age of eighteen he left Stageira and settled in Athens, where he stayed for 20 years, studying at the Platonic Academy. During the same period he founded a school in Troada (coasts of Minor Asia) and got married Pythias, niece of Hermias. Later he settled on the island Lesvos for two years and in 343 B.C accepted the invitation of king Philippos II, in order to become the teacher of his son, Alexander. The tuition of Alexander lasted 3 years and right after he came back to Stageira, where he married Erpyllis.

In 335 B.C he returned again to Athens, and founded the school “Lyceum”, later renamed to “Peripatetic School”, by using money donated by Great Alexander. He conducted the school for 12 years, a period that he composed a big part of his works. Despite this fact and after the death of Great Alexander he was accused of dishonour and was forced to settle in Chalkida, where he died in 322 B.C, (63 years old). A year later, his compatriots took his bones and buried him at his birthland with honors and a glorious ceremony. Next to his grave they also built an altar, consecrating “Aristoteleia” as an annual fete of Stageira. The traces of his life are indelibly imprinted at his homeland, leaving to us the importance of his work still alive.

In today’s settlement of Stageira has been created the Aristotle’s Park with the statue of the great philosopher. The statue is in this way positioned, depicting Aristoteles overlooking the whole country. In the park there are also lots of constructions which explain nature’s phenomenon, according to the explanations and theories he studied and worked for, ideal for children and adults as well. At the ancient Stageira, 700m to the east side of today’s settlement of Olympiada, there are some very important remnants and traces of a glorious period for the ancient city’s history.