Theophrastus

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Theophrastus

Statue of Theophrastus
Full name Theophrastus
Born c. 371 BC
Eresos
Died c. 287 BC
Athens
Era Ancient philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Peripatetic school
Main interests Botany, ethics, grammar, history, logic, metaphysics, natural history, physics

Theophrastus (Greek: Θεόφραστος; c. 371 – c. 287 BC), 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 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 led the Peripatetic school for thirty-six years, during which time the school flourished greatly. He is often considered the "father of botany" for his works on plants. After his death, the Athenians honoured him with a public funeral. His successor as head of the school was Strato of Lampsacus.

Historia plantarum, 1549