Demetrius Phalereus

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Demetrius Phalereus

(dĭmē`trēəs fəlēr`o͞os, fəlēr`ēəs) [Lat.,=of Phalerum], d. c.280 B.C., Athenian orator. One of the first PeripateticsPeripatetics
[Gr.,=walking about; from Aristotle's manner in teaching], the followers of Aristotle. Theophrastus, friend of Aristotle and cofounder with him of the Peripatetic school of philosophy, succeeded him as its head (323 B.C.) and did much to bring it into favor.
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, he wrote extensively in history, rhetoric, and literary criticism. He was governor of Athens (317–307 B.C.) under CassanderCassander
, 358–297 B.C., king of Macedon, one of the chief figures in the wars of the Diadochi. The son of Antipater, he was an officer under Alexander the Great, but there was ill feeling between them.
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. In 307 B.C., when Demetrius I took Athens, Demetrius Phalereus was overthrown. Escaping to Egypt, he rose in the favor of Ptolemy I, to whom he is said to have suggested a library. On the accession of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Demetrius again went into exile, dying soon afterward.
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A period of frenetic democratic political activity occurred in 307 when Demetrius Poliorcetes liberated the city from the oligarchic rule of Cassander and Demetrius of Phaleron.
His attempt to ethicize the ideology of liturgical donation is significant because Demetrius of Phaleron seems to have abolished the choregic liturgy, and perhaps other liturgies as well; see Wehrli, Frag.
Demetrius of Phaleron, writing in the second or third century C.
Ictinus, and Dinochares,(8) and a number of Greek philosophers and Roman generals and statesmen: Demetrius of Phaleron,(9) Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Curius, both Catos, the gens Fabia, the Scipios, `totus ille triumphalis senatus'.
Aesop had already receded into legend when Demetrius of Phaleron, a rhetorician, compiled an edition of Aesop's fables in the 4th century BC.