Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Diogenes Laertius

Born: Unknown, Likely Early Third Century CE, Greek-Speaking Mediterranean
Died: Unknown, Likely Late Third Century CE, Greek-Speaking Mediterranean
  • Ada PalmerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_578-1


Known for his compendium Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων), which contains short biographies of 82 classical philosophers. The compendium is extremely unreliable, but provides many otherwise-unknown biographical details, titles of lost works, and more than a thousand excerpts and references to more than 250 authors, including three long letters of Epicurus, which are the only works by Epicurus surviving from antiquity.


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Primary Sources

  1. Diogenes, Laertius. 1570. Diogenous Laertiou Peri bion, dogmaton kai apophthegmaton ton en philosophia eudokimesanton. Geneva: Stephanus.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Teodoro Katinis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Literary StudiesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium