Discover The First ‘University’ in The World, Macedonia’s School of Aristotle



The main cave that Aristotle and Alexander the Great used as school. Photo by sxoliaristotelous.gr

A place of universal historic and cultural interest, the ruins of the School of Aristotle located are just two miles from the contemporary town of Naoussa, in the Greek region of Macedonia.

Located in the region of Esvoria, along the foothills of Mount Vermio, the School of Aristotle is in a serene setting blanketed by trees. Streams, ponds and racing waters can be found next to the deeply-shaded caves mentioned by the ancient writers.

Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers of antiquity, chose this location to establish his school during the 4th century BC. His aim was to teach the greatness and breadth of scientific and philosophical knowledge derived from classical Greek thought.

The ideals of Platonic philosophy, along with knowledge of the natural world, were taught to Alexander, the son of the King of Macedonia, Philip II, alongside other nobles of the Macedonian court.

Aristotle taught Alexander the Great philosophy, politics, literature, mathematics and war strategies

The Nymphaeum of Mieza, as it was known during the ancient times, was meant to be the place where the encounter of Aristotle with the great military commander, Alexander the Great, would impact the future of humanity and of western civilization.

Occupying an impressive landscape, Mieza’s Nymphaeum was the sanctuary dedicated to the Nymphs. It became the location that attracted ancient Greece’s most exceptional personalities.

According to Plutarch, Aristotle taught “the ethical and political word” of that era to the Macedonian nobility’s young offspring with philosophy, politics, literature, mathematics and war strategies being among the topics covered by Aristotle.

Alexander’s personality was shaped by Aristotle’s teachings

Some of the ancient stone benches remain at the site today, showing us where these two great men sat, while the shady paths reveal the places where they walked and mused about Aristotle’s teachings.

Τhe visitors of the site also have the opportunity to visit a modern cultural center for studies and recreation, belonging to the municipality of Naoussa, which provides the opportunity to schools, universities, and other groups to organize seminars and meetings. The center’s modern architecture, which combines elements such as wood, metal, and stones, is in harmony with the overall setting.

The contemporary cultural center, where visitors can find useful information about the School of Aristotle. Photo by sxoliaristotelous.gr