Aristotle, 384 B.C. - 322 B. C. Aristotle was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, in 384 B.C. At the age of 17, he went to Athens to study at Plato's Academy, where he remained for about 20 years, as a student and then as a teacher. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle moved to Assos, a city in Asia Minor, where a friend of his, Hermias, was ruler. After Hermias was captured and executed by the Persians in 345 B.C., Aristotle went to Pella, the Macedonian capital, where he became the tutor of the king's young son Alexander, later known as Alexander the Great. In 335, when Alexander became king, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his own school, the Lyceum Aristotle's works were lost in the West after the decline of Rome, but during the 9th Century A.D., Arab scholars introduced Aristotle, in Arabic translation, to the Islamic world. In the 13th Century, the Latin West renewed its interest in Aristotle's work, and Saint Thomas Aquinas found in it a philosophical foundation for Christian thought. The influence of Aristotle's philosophy has been pervasive; it has even helped to shape modern language and common sense. Aristotle died in 322 B.C.
Mr. Barker's first two novels were based on family letters saved while cleaning out the family homestead. That find resulted in his novels concerning the Civil War experiences of Frederick Lucas, of Goshen, CT. "Fred and Jennie, a Civil War Love Story" and his second book "Dear Mother from Your Dutiful Son" were enjoyed by hundreds throughout Connecticut and across the country. Mr. Barker has shifted war interests in this new novel "Sumner". After receiving a collection of World War I era photographs of long forgotten relatives, Ernie felt free to construct his version of their history and involvement in the war to end all wars.