Having read La Bruy re s Caract res wanted to complete the circle by reading Theophrastus as well.Despite the depiction of characters seeming rather naive and simplistic by today s standards even to a non expert such as myself,this fella from the island of Lesbos shows a great skill observing others.What s most important is that he manages to give perhaps the best account of every day life in antiquity I have so far read.Rich in detail and illuminating,one gets a full picture of Athens,in his case,during the last third of the 4th century BC.Two things that are funny.This was probably not his intention.No scholars have underlined enough how interesting it is to read his vivid portrayal of people s customs,habits,celebrations,peculiarities.Twas helpful to read an edition with extended footnotes. Th ophraste 371, 288 est un philosophe grec lesbien qui a tudi Ath nes, puis s y est fix apr s un retour temporaire sur son le, ayant pris la succession d Aristote dans l cole qu il avait ouverte sur le mont Lycabette le Lyc e Il est l auteur d une grande quantit d ouvrages scientifiques et moraux dont seuls quelques uns ont pu tre sauv s des injures du temps, mais il en est un qui est plus particuli rement c l bre en France par le fait que La Bruy re 1645 1696 view spoiler hide spoiler Amazing Book, By Theophrastus This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book , Essay By Theophrastus Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You .. 30 2000 2300 Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and pupil of Aristotle, was born around 372 BC, died around 287 When Aristotle was forced to retire from Athens in 323, Theophrastus became the head of the Lyceum, the academy Aristotle had founded Under Theophrastus the enrollment of pupils and auditors rose to its highest point According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Theophrastus was one of the few Peripatetic philosophers who fully embraced Aristotle s metaphysics, physics, physiology, zoology, botany, ethics, politics, and history of culture His general tendency was to strengthen the systematic unity of those subjects and to reduce the transcendental or Platonic elements of Aristotelianism as a whole He was a prolific writer and his works, many lost, include Inquiry into Plants, Growth of Plants and treatises attributed to him on fire, winds, signs of weather, scents, sensations, and other subjects His Charakt res, written around 320 BC, consists of thirty brief and vigorous character sketches delineating moral types derived from studies that Aristotle had made for ethical and rhetorical purposes Pamela Mensch, a translator of ancient Greek literature, has now produced her version of Theophrastus s Characters An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior These include the Dissembler, Flatterer, Yokel, Sycophant, Newshound, Miser, Busybody, Vulgar Man, Social Climber, Coward, and twenty.Theophrastus s observations are with small adaptions as appropriate today as they were 2,300 years ago The Talker is the sort who plumps himself down next to someone he doesn t know and starts praising his own wife he goes on to describe the dream he had the night before, and then relates in detail what he had for dinner, The Busybody is the sort who stands up and promises what he can t deliver In court when it s agreed that his argument is just, he overdoes it and loses his case The Shameless Man is the sort who, after shortchanging someone, goes back to ask him for a loan The Tactless Man is the sort who comes to solicit advice from someone who s busy He serenades his sweetheart when she s down with a fever He approaches a man who s just had to forfeit bail money and asks him to post bail for him The book includes a useful Introduction and endnotes by James Romm, professor of classics at Bard College, that puts the author into an historic context Romm points out that unlike every other ancient Greek author whose work survives, Theophrastus observes the Athenians food, their clothes, their purchases, the decor of their homes He notices objects we never hear of elsewhere, like the spurs worn by the Social Climber to show he s wealthy enough to ride in the cavalry Aside from Theophrastus s delightful comments, the book is a lovely object to hold, a delight of book design by Don Quaintance And it includes apt illustrations of each character by Andre Carrilho, a designer, illustrator, and caricaturist from Lisbon Characters would make a splendid gift for the right person I wouldn t give it to someone who will see herself in it It would make a good gift for oneself if only to remind yourself what you don t want to be. . 317 30 .
Theophrastus Greek c 371 c 287 BC 1 , a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school He came to Athens at a young age and initially studied in Plato s school After Plato s death, he attached himself to Aristotle Aristotle bequeathed to Theophrastus his writings and designated him as his successor at the Lyceum Theophrastus presid
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