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Diogenes Laertius: Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers

Although largely a secondary compilation based on previous authors, the loss of earliers sources has made Diogenes Laertius' Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers an indispensible source for the history of Greek philosophy. Relatively little is known about its author, thought to have lived in the early third century AD. A man of no great philsophical insight, Diogenes had a zeal for system that led him to classify most philosophers into Ionian or Italian traditions. The most valuable material preserved by him includes three letters of Epicurus.

Free online and downloadable texts

Loebulus. L184 - Diogenes Laertius -- Lives of Eminent Philosophers I: Books 1-5. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.

Loebulus. L185 - Diogenes Laertius -- Lives of Eminent Philosophers II: Books 6-10. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.

mikrosapoplous.gr Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Βίοι και γνώμαι των εν φιλοσοφία ευδοκιμησάντων, ed. H S Long, Oxford 1964. Greek text.

Library of Congress: Libro de la vita de philosophi et delle loro elegantissime sentencie. Abbreviated Italian version of the Latin translation by Ambrosius Traversarius. Venice, Joannes Rubeus Vercellensis, 20 May 1489.

Perseus: Greek text - English translation (R.D. Hicks, 1925). Online texts.

Standard Ebooks: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, translated by C.D. Yonge. AZW3, EPUB, KEPUB and Advanced EPUB formats.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, translated by Robert Drew Hicks. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.

Wikisource: Lives of the Eminent Philosophers  (1925), by Diogenes Laërtius, translated by Robert Drew Hicks, A Loeb Classical Library edition; volume 1 published 1925; volume 2 published 1925. online text.

Other Resources

Librivox: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, Book VI - public domain audiobook.

Ontology.co: Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius. A Bibliography.

Tertullian.org: Diogenes Laertius: the Manuscripts of "The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosphers".

Wikipedia: Diogenes Laertius - Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers.

Further reading

Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

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