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Diogenes Laertius includes within his Life of Theophrastus a catalogue of writings. In the past Diogenes' catalogue of Theophrastean titles has often been attributed to Hermippus of Smyrna (2nd half of the 3rd century BC), who was active in Alexandria and is known to have been a follower of Callimachus. Diogenes' catalogue may be a composite, whose origins are diverse. The catalogue as it has come down to us seems to reflect the work of Andronicus of Rhodes (2nd half of the 1st century BC), who divided the writings of Aristotle and Theophrastus into treatises that brought together shorter works on related topics. Scholars regularly distinguish between the exoteric and esoteric works of Aristotle and Theophrastus. The former were intended for a wide audience and the latter for use within the Peripatos.

Keywords: Alexandria; Aristotle; Callimachus; Diogenes Laertius; Diogenes' catalogue; Smyrna; Theophrastean titles; Theophrastus



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