8. Of Chalcis in Euboea, who is mentioned as the author of a work on Euboea. (Περὶ Εὐβοίας
, Harpocrat. s. v. Ἄργουρα
; Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod.
1.558.) Some critics have been inclined to think that this Aristoteles is not a distinct person, and that the work on Euboea ascribed to him is only another name for the Εὐβοέων πολιτεία
of the great philosopher Aristotle.
But there is no reason for such a supposition.
Ancient writers make mention of many more persons of the name of Aristoteles, respecting whom no particulars are known. Diogenes enumerates eight, including the great philosopher, and Jonsius (de Script. Histor. Phil.
1.12) no less than thirty-two persons of this name.