A brief introduction sets the stage by highlighting the report in Diogenes Laertius
of Parmenides' conversion by the Pythagorean Ameinias and by suggesting that a "special affinity between the language of Homer and that of Parmenides" makes it appropriate to apply Homeric standards when reading Parmenides' verses.
Essentially a book of political wisdom for young William and his fellow peers, it is a remarkable treasure-house of 3,085 quotations or observations by or about many ancient notables, taken and often significantly modified from Plutarch, Diogenes Laertius
, Xenophon, Athenaeus, and many other writers.
For example, Josephus and Philo were Hellenistic Jewish authors, and Diogenes Laertius
, Seneca, and Cicero were Stoics.
The account of the conception of Plato by his virgin mother Perictione through Apollo, as related by Diogenes Laertius
in Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers 3.
However, we can also understand the notion of 'in accordance with Nature' as 'representing our natural needs and desires' (Cicero, On Ends 3, 4; Diogenes Laertius
7, Epictetus, Discourses 1.
Paolo Crivelli defends the centrality of definition theory for the early Stoics, and provides translations from the likes of Diogenes Laertius
and other commentators to show the distinct orientation of the Stoic theorists to definition theory (in terms of sayables and stateables).
Plato's wealth (as ennumerated by his Last Will and Testament preserved by Diogenes Laertius
(4th century B.
See Diogenes Laertius
, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, trans.
As well as there are various works on Plutarch, Diogenes Laertius
, Tzetses, Pausanias, Strabo, Diodorus Siculus and Lucianus.
Ambos, junto con Antistenes, Minimo, Onesicrito, Metrocles, Hiparquia, Menipos y Menedemo, aparecen en la fascinante Vida de los mas eminentes filosofos (Vitae philosophorum) de Diogenes Laertius
In his Life of Aristotle, Diogenes Laertius
tells us how Aristotle had learned that his nephew Callisthenes had been speaking too freely to Alexander, and how he had quoted to him two lines from Homer's Iliad, in which Thetis, mother of Achilles, had warned him of the dangers attaching to hasty speech:
His many classical sources include Hesiod, Alcman, Pindar, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Menander, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Aratus, Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Diodorus Siculus, Tibullus, Strabo, Hyginus, Horace, Diogenes Laertius
, Lucian, and Claudian, to name but a few, along with many scholiasts and patristic authors such as the expected Lactantius, Eusebius, Augustine, and Fulgentius.