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Book Title: Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Vol 1, Books 1-5|
The author of the book: Diogenes Laërtius
ISBN 13: 9780674992030
Edition: Harvard University Press (Cambridge/London)
Date of issue: January 1st 1925
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This rich compendium on the lives and doctrines of philosophers ranges over three centuries, from Thales to Epicurus (to whom the whole tenth book is devoted); 45 important figures are portrayed. Diogenes Laertius carefully compiled his information from hundreds of sources and enriches his accounts with numerous quotations.
Diogenes Laertius lived probably in the earlier half of the 3rd century CE, his ancestry and birthplace being unknown. His history, in ten books, is divided unscientifically into two 'Successions' or sections: 'Ionian' from Anaximander to Theophrastus and Chrysippus, including the Socratic schools; 'Italian' from Pythagoras to Epicurus, including the Eleatics and sceptics. It is a very valuable collection of quotations and facts.
The Loeb Classical Library edition of Diogenes Laertius is in two volumes.
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Read information about the authorDiogenes Laertius (pronounced 'die-OJ-uh-neez ley-UH-shus'; Greek: Διογένης Λαέρτιος, Diogenēs Laertios; lived c. 3rd century CE) was a biographer of the Greek philosophers. Nothing is known about his life, but his surviving Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers is a principal source for the history of Greek philosophy.
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