Theophrastus of Eresus, Commentary Volume 5: Sources on Biology (Human Physiology, Living Creatures, Botany: Texts 328-435)


This is the first to appear of the projected volumes of commentary to accompany the texts and translations on Theophrastus of Eresus: Sources for his Life, Writings, Thought and Influence, edited by W.W. Fortenbaugh and others ("FHSG" (Philosophia Antiqua 54); Leiden, Brill, 1992).
It covers the ancient secondary evidence for Theophrastus' views on physiology, zoology and botany; the transmission, reliability and doctrinal content of the reports in the text-and-translation volume are all discussed in detail, and general overviews are provided.
The commentary is an indispensable accompaniment to the text-and-translation volume, and the two together will be an important resource for students of the history of the biological sciences in antiquity.


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Biographical Note

R.W. Sharples, Ph.D. (1978) in Classics, University of Cambridge, is Reader in Greek and Latin at University College, London. He has published commentaries on works by Plato, Cicero, Alexander of Aphrodisias and Boethius, and numerous articles on ancient philosophy.

Review Quotes

' ...the standard reference on most aspects of the still largely unexplored history of Peripatetic zoology and medicine...This fresh assemblage of Theophrastus belongs in every library and personal collection that incorporates the best works in the history of science: Sharples and his colleagues are owed an enormous debt of gratitude.'
John Scarborough, ISIS, 1996.
' This is a work of fine, generous and widely ranging scholarship. It is rendered even more useful by the bountiful provision of indices.'
James Longrigg, Medical History, 1996.
' ...scrupulous scholarship...concise histories of the scholarship on a given passage...His painstaking labour illuminates whole areas of Theophrastan philosophy that one might have thought were irreversibly lost in darkness. Beneficiaries of Sharples' work will be not just the growing band of students of Theophrastus, but readers of Plato, Aristotle, Galen, and later philosophers, and all those who will learn from the new histories of ancient and medieval philosophy and science that these texts and commentaries will allow and eventually necessitate.'
William Wians, Ancient Philosophy, 1996.


Classicists, historians of science and of philosophy, and all those interested in the transmission of ideas in antiquity.


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