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A Peripatetic philosopher of the sixth century after Christ, and a native of Cilicia. When Justinian in A.D. 529 closed the school of philosophy in which he taught at Athens, he and six other philosophers emigrated to the court of the Persian king Chosroës. When he made peace with Justinian in 533, and obtained from him leave for the philosophers to return unmolested, Simplicius went to Alexandria, where he died in 549. We still possess some excellent commentaries of his on several writings of Aristotle (Categories, Physics, De Caelo, De Anima), edited by Karsten (1865), and on the Enchiridion of Epictetus, edited by Enk (Vienna, 1866). His complete works are edited by Schweighäuser (Leipzig, 1800).

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