By Diogenes Laertius

Lives and critiques of Eminent Philosophers is a biography of the Greek philosophers by means of Diogenes Laërtius, written in Greek, probably within the first half the 3rd century AD.

It was once written in Greek and professes to provide an account of the lives and sayings of the Greek philosophers. The paintings does not have a precise name within the manuscripts and looks in a number of long forms.

Although it really is at top an uncritical and unphilosophical compilation, its worth, as giving us an perception into the non-public lives of the Greek sages, led Montaigne to write down that he wanted that rather than one Laërtius there were a dozen. nevertheless, glossy students have urged that we deal with Diogenes' testimonia with care, specially whilst he fails to quote his resources: "Diogenes has obtained an value out of all share to his benefits as the lack of many basic assets and of the sooner secondary compilations has by chance left him the executive non-stop resource for the historical past of Greek philosophy."

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