Plato was a Greek philosopher. He was born to wealthy Athenian parents, was the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle, Plato is one of the most influential philosophical founders of the western world. Plato wrote many dialogues with Socrates as one of the characters, speaking as the teacher. Plato also lectured at the academy of Athens which he founded. Many of Plato’s dialogues are still used to teach today including philosophy, logic, mathematics Plato’s later writings disregard formal structure and focus on the problem of knowledge, government, and critical examination.


Charon is the ferryman of the dead. He transports newly deceased people to the world of the dead. Most family members would put a coin in the deceased’s mouth to pay passage to Charon. Those who could not afford passage would have to wander the shore of Styx for 100 years. Today Charon is usually depicted as the grim reaper.


Minos is the ruler of Crete and the Aegean islands. He was the son of Zeus and Europa. In mythology a fight broke out over whom the true ruler of Crete and Minos was asked Poseidon to send a sign of true kingship. Poseidon sent a pure white bull out of the sea and upon seeing it minus wouldn’t sacrifice the bull. One myth is Poseidon got angry and caused Pasiphae to fall madly in love with the bull; as a result of this Pasiphae gave birth to its child which was half man half beast, or a Minotaur. Daedalus was ordered to construct a palace for the Minotaur and Daedalus constructed a labyrinth. Because of helping the Minotaur Daedalus and his son Icarus were imprisoned, they escaped using feathers and wax.