Cover: Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Volume II: Books 6-10, from Harvard University PressCover: Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Volume II in HARDCOVER

Loeb Classical Library 185

Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Volume II

Books 6-10

Add to Cart

Product Details


$26.00 • £16.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674992047

Publication: January 1925


720 pages

4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches


Loeb Classical Library > Lives of Eminent Philosophers


The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Read more about the site’s features »

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 third 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) and “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.