Aristotle, Minor Works

LCL 307: vi-vii

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  • on indivisible lines
    • Introduction 415
    • Text and Translation 416
  • the situations and names of winds
    • Introduction 451
    • Text and Translation 452
  • on melissus, xenophanes, and gorgias
    • Introduction 461
    • Text and Translation 462
  • index nominum 508
  • index rerum 513

General Introduction

Alexander the Great died in 323 b.c. Though he had held his commanding position for a comparatively short time, his personal grip on the Hellenic world was so complete, that his death was the signal for the break up of the regime he had established. In particular, Athens welcomed his death as a renewed opportunity for asserting her traditional freedom. At this time, Aristotle was living in Athens and presiding over his philosophic school. Though there is no reason to suspect him of any political activities, the fact that he had been the tutor and personal friend of Alexander made him an object of suspicion, and he thought it wise to return from Athens to his property at Chalcis in Euboea. He did not long survive his retirement, as he died in the following year, b.c 322. On leaving Athens he handed over the fortunes of the Academy to Theophrastus. Theophrastus presided over the school from 322 to 288 and was succeeded by Strato who remained at the head until about 269. To this period most of the treatises included in this volume belong, though they cannot, for the most part, be ascribed with confidence to any particular author. There is no doubt that Theophrastus followed his master’s example, and left behind him a large body of notes, and possibly complete works which have not survived. From these most of the treatises