Plato’s Academy, Mosaic from House of T Siminius Stephanus in Pompeii, 1st century CE. The Academy (Ancient Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια) was founded by Plato ca. 387 BC in Athens. Aristotle studied there for 19 years before founding his own school at the Lyceum. The Academy ended with the death of Philo of Larissa, 83 BC. In AD 410 the Academy was re-established as a center for Neoplatonism, closing 529 AD when closed down by Justinian I.