Using wisdom to solve problems has recently fallen out of style. The ancient Greeks, however, believed that wisdom and education were important and your ideas and thoughts should be your own.


  • Ancient Greeks believed that wisdom and intelligence were important. They strived to make decisions based on information, not ignorance.  

    Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, advocated for engagement with thoughtful and knowledgeable citizens. Plato supported this idea so much that his ideal form of governance was not democracy, but rule by a benevolent “philosopher-king.”

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ancient Greece Noun

    loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

    democracy Noun

    system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.

    government Noun

    system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

    philosophy Noun

    the study of the basic principles of knowledge.