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In this chapter, the sources are discussed partly in chronological order, partly according to genre and partly according to language: Greek and Latin sources arranged chronologically under four headings: The Hellenistic Period/Roman Republic, The High Roman Empire, The Carolingian Renaissance and Byzantium; Anthologies; Scholia; Arabic sources. To facilitate finding the discussion of a particular source, it lists the sources in alphabetical order, each of which is followed by its number. The Pliny that concerns us is the uncle of Pliny the Younger, who greatly admired his uncle's capacity for work and wrote a letter to Baebius Macer, in which he provides a list of his uncle's publications as well as brief remarks concerning his life. Plutarch's knowledge of earlier Greek writers is impressive. That includes his knowledge of Theophrastus. Diogenes tells that Theophrastus was an Eresian, i.e., a native of Eresus, and that his father was named Melantas.

Keywords: Baebius Macer; Byzantium; Carolingian Renaissance; Greek source; Hellenistic Period; High Roman Empire; Latin source; Pliny; Plutarch; Theophrastus

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