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Phaenias of Eresus

Text, Translation, and Discussion, 1st Edition

Edited by Oliver Hellmann


459 pages

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Phaenias of Eresus (c. 375–300 BC) was a member of Aristotle's school, the "Peripatos" or "Lyceum," and a friend and compatriot of Aristotle's successor, Theophrastus. Phaenias's scholarly interests stretched from strictly philosophical treatises to chronology and the history of philosophy and poetry; to the lives, fortunes, and manners of death of tyrants; to biographical and historical themes and details of famous Athenians; to botanical and zoological issues; and even entertaining, "novelistic" stories and strange reports (Mirabilia).

This volume includes new scholarship, with translation of source texts for the writings, thought, and influence of Phaenias (whose name also appears as "Phanias"and "Phainias"), as well as essays that take up various areas of his life and work in greater detail.

The chapters of Phaenias of Eresus cover a remarkable range of intellectual areas, which is in keeping with the varied interests of the early Peripatetics in general. Phaenias is thus an ideal model for exploring issues of specialization and differentiation in research in the early Peripatos.

Table of Contents



1. Phaenias of Eresus: The Sources, Text and Translation
Johannes Engels

2. Two Eresians: Phainias and Theophrastus
William W. Fortenbaugh 101–131

3. The Life and Times of Phaenias of Eresus
Michael G. Sollenberger

4. The Fragments of Phanias of Eresus: Before and After Wehrli
Tiziano Dorandi 147–169

5. Phaenias in the Mirabilia Tradition: From "Antigonus" to Callimachus
Stephen White

6. Biography and History in Phaenias of Eresus
Stefan Schorn

7. Phainias' Historiographical and Biographical Method: Chronology and Dramatization
Craig Cooper

8. Phaenias' Work On the Socratics and His Fragment on Petron of Himera (56A–B = fr. 12 Wehrli)
Leonid Zhmud

9. Phainias' Historical and Biographical Fragments on Solon and Themistokles (26–34)
Johannes Engels

10. Phainias' The Tyrants in Sicily, On Killing of Tyrants out of Revenge, and Aristotle's Explanation of the Violent End of Tyrants
Eckart Schutrumpf

11. The Plants of Phaenias
Mechthild Siede

12. The Metaphor as a Scientific Device in the Botanical Description of the Mallow in Fragment 49 of Phainias of Eresus
Barbara Anceschi

13. Phainias and the Naturalistic Legacy of the Peripatos
Arnaud Zucker

14. Peripatetic Forms of Writing: A Systems-Theory Approach
Markus Asper

Index of Ancient Sources for Chapters 2–14

About the Series

Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities


Han Baltussen, University of Adelaide, Australia

David Mirhady, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Stephen A. White, University of Texas at Austin, USA


This series, often referred to by the acronym RUSCH, grew out of Project Theophrastus, an international undertaking, whose purpose has been to collect, edit and comment on the surviving works and fragments of Theophrastus of Eresus, Aristotle’s pupil and successor as head of the Peripatetic School. To foster this endeavor a series of conferences were established that focused on subjects relevant to Theophrastus. The proceedings of these conferences were deemed worthwhile in their own right and under the direction of Professor William Fortenbaugh were published as volumes of RUSCH. Initially the volumes were closely related to work on Theophrastus, but in time the focus widened to included Theophrastus’ colleagues and successors in the Peripatos. Currently the volumes collect and edit the relevant texts, offer an English translation, and provide discussion of important issues. They contribute to our knowledge of philosophic developments within the Hellenistic Period, when the Academy and the Peripatos were challenged by the founding of new schools including the Stoics and the Epicureans.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical