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In The Stoics Diogenes Laërtius details the lives and philosophical opinions of the first Greek Stoic philosophers:
Zeno of Citium
Ariston of Chios
Herillus of Carthage
Dionysius the Renegade
Cleanthes of Assos
Sphaerus of Bosphorus
Chrysippus of Soli
Laërtius’ main sources were Favorinus and Diocles of Magnesia, but his work also draws (either directly or indirectly) on books by Antisthenes of Rhodes, Alexander Polyhistor, and Demetrius of Magnesia, as well as works by Hippobotus, Aristippus, Panaetius, Apollodorus of Athens, Sosicrates, Satyrus, Sotion, Neanthes, Hermippus, Antigonus, Heraclides, Hieronymus, and Pamphila.
The Stoics provides fascinating insight into the private lives of the Greek Stoics, giving a voice to those early trailblazers whose influential works have long since been lost.
Montaigne wrote that he wished that instead of one Laërtius there had been a dozen.
*Includes 'The First Stoics' image gallery.