Aristotle, Testimonium

LCL 144: 212-213

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Testimonium Vitae

1 Sud. A 3929 (i 357 Adler)

Ἀριστοτέλης, υἱὸς Νικομάχου καὶ Φαιστιάδος . . .· ἐκ Σταγείρων, πόλεως τῆς Θρᾴκης, φιλόσοφος, μαθητὴς Πλάτωνος. . . . ἦρξε δὲ ἔτη ιγ΄ τῆς Περιπατητικῆς κληθείσης φιλοσοφίας διὰ τὸ ἐν περιπάτῳ ἤτοι κήπῳ διδάξαι ἀναχωρήσαντα τῆς Ἀκαδημίας, ἐν ᾗ Πλάτων ἐδίδαξεν. ἐγεννήθη δὲ ἐν τῇ θ´ Ὀλυμπιάδι καὶ ἀπέθανεν ἀκόνιτον πιὼν ἐν Χαλκίδι, διότι ἐκαλεῖτο πρὸς εὐθύνας ἐπειδὴ ἔγραψε παιᾶνα εἰς Ἑρμείαν τὸν εὐνοῦχον· οἱ δέ φασι νόσῳ αὐτὸν τελευτῆσαι βιώσαντα ἔτη ο´.

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Aristotle

Aristotle

Biography

1 Suda

Aristotle, son of Nicomachus and Phaestias . . .; born in Stageira, a city of Thrace; philosopher, pupil of Plato. . . . For 13 years he was head of the philosophic school known as the Peripatetic because he taught in the walk (peripatos) or garden after leaving the Academy in which Plato had taught. He was born in the 99th Olympiad (384/380 b.c.) and died in Chalcis after drinking aconite because he was charged with writing a paean for Hermeias the eunuch (842 P.M.G. below); others say that he died of disease at the age of 70.1

  • 1Diog. Laert. 5. 10 says he died a natural death aged 63, and the dates 384–322 are universally accepted.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristotle-testimonium.1993