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By Diogenes Laertius

Little or no is understood approximately Diogenes Laertius, however he wrote probably the most influential debts of the lives of the West’s most sensible identified philosophers. His point out of Sextus Empiricus capacity he lived after the third century A.D., whereas Sopater quoted him within the sixth century. accordingly, historians think he lived in the midst of the 4th century. within the old manuscripts of his paintings, he's always often called "Laertius Diogenes," hence giving the writer his identify. It’s doubtful what the foundation of his identify is both, yet his Lives and critiques of Eminent Philosophers was once written in Greek and professes to provide an account of the lives and sayings of the Greek philosophers. The Lives has been one of many leader bills of the philosophers’ lives, partially simply because different files not exist, leaving Laertius as one of many few complete money owed to be had. Even nonetheless, it’s now not transparent that Laertius’ complete paintings survived the center a while; 14th century discussions of his paintings recommend there has been much more than at present exists this day. Regardless, the Lives are one of the simplest ways for today’s readers to appreciate the lives of recognized historical philosophers, resembling Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and over 70 others.

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