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By Diogenes Laertius

Little or no is understood approximately Diogenes Laertius, youngsters he wrote the most influential money owed of the lives of the West’s top recognized philosophers. His point out of Sextus Empiricus capacity he lived after the third century A.D., whereas Sopater quoted him within the sixth century. as a result, historians think he lived in the midst of the 4th century. within the old manuscripts of his paintings, he's consistently often called "Laertius Diogenes," hence giving the writer his identify. It’s uncertain what the beginning of his identify is both, yet his Lives and reviews of Eminent Philosophers used to be written in Greek and professes to offer 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 bills to be had. Even nonetheless, it’s no longer transparent that Laertius’ whole paintings survived the center a while; 14th century discussions of his paintings recommend there has been much more than at the moment exists this present day. Regardless, the Lives are one of the simplest ways for today’s readers to appreciate the lives of recognized old philosophers, equivalent to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and over 70 others.

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