The Philosophers of the Ancient World: An A-Z Guide by Trevor Curnow

By Trevor Curnow

This attention-grabbing ebook includes info on over 2,300 old Western philosophers, from Abammon to Zoticus. protecting the interval from the 7th century BC to the 7th century advert, it brings jointly the super recognized and the completely vague. these already conversant in old philosophy will locate it a useful and convenient paintings of reference with a breadth of insurance that a long way exceeds the other single-volume paintings at the topic. these new to the topic will locate it an invaluable creation. the information of the most important thinkers are summarised and an historic evaluation of historic philosophy lets them be positioned of their right context. The e-book additionally presents helpful history examining for someone attracted to the traditional international who desires to discover extra approximately its highbrow lifestyles. at the least philosophical jargon guarantees its accessibility to a large viewers. As in old histories of philosophy, there's additionally a modest quantity of gossip.

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It was destroyed in AD 389, and he appears to have died not long before, although some claim the prophecy related to the great temple of Serapis in Alexandria, which was destroyed in AD 391. ANTONIUS (second century AD) Antonius was an Epicurean who exchanged views with Galen on medical matters. ANTONIUS OF ALEXANDRIA (fifth century AD) According to Suda, Antonius was a pious man dedicated to the truth. He withdrew from public life in order to study philosophy and be with others like himself. ANTONIUS OF RHODES (third century AD) Antonius was a friend of Porphyry, and they arrived in Rome together in AD 263.

He wrote about Democritus of Abdera and may have been his pupil. He may be the same person as Apollodotus of Cyzicus. APOLLODORUS OF PHALERUM (fifth/fourth century BC) Apollodorus was a successful businessman who became a follower of Socrates. From what is said about him by Plato [1] in Symposium, it appears he may have been mentally unstable. APOLLODORUS OF SELEUCIA (second century BC) Apollodorus was a Stoic who wrote an introduction to Stoicism drawn on by Diogenes Laertius. In most respects his writings appear to have conformed to Stoic orthodoxy, although in his account of moral philosophy he made the surprising observation that Cynicism was a short cut to virtue.

He wrote many books, including a life of Epicurus, and was the teacher of Zeno of Sidon [2]. APOLLODORUS OF ATHENS [1] (second century BC) Apollodorus studied under Diogenes of Babylon. He wrote a theological work On the Gods and a history beginning with the fall of Troy, which earned him the nickname of ‘the Chronologist’. He also wrote a book on different philosophical 31 APOLLODORUS OF ATHENS [2] sects. The Library, a collection of myths long attributed to him, is now thought to be the work of another, later author.

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