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Summary of Diogenes Lives of the Eminent Philosophers Book 1

Date: 200-300 C.E.

Description: Diogenes Laƫrtius was a biographer of the Greek philosophers. Nothing is definitively known about his life, but his surviving Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers is a principal source for the history of ancient Greek philosophy. Diogenes Laƫrtius generally reports philosophical teachings without attempting to reinterpret or expand on them, which means his accounts are often closer to the primary sources. Due to the loss of so many of the primary sources on which Diogenes relied, his work has become the foremost surviving source on the history of Greek philosophy.

Hicks, R.D. Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, Loeb Classical Library, 1925


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