- Fire = Tetrahedron
- Earth = Cube
- Air = Octahedron
- Water = Icosahedron
The Middle Ages, however, had its own version of the origin of everything to which it compared Plato. St. Ambrose (c.340-397) considered the differences between Plato and Genesis to be Plato's "errors." Ambrose's student, St. Augustine, however, embraces the similarities, specially appreciating Plato's contention that, since the world around us seems pretty good to us, it must be because the Demiurge was determined to make a world that was as good as it could be. The growing field of philosophy found more and more use for Plato in developing a "modern" world view.
Of course not all of Plato was palatable to all later thinkers. Plato tells us that the Demiurge:
- Made the world into the shape of a globe, the ideal shape to encompass all other forms.
- Imparted circular movement to the world, as the most uniform and suited to an ideal shape.
- Created the soul of the world, linking all things on the earth with each other.