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2. A PERIPATETIC philosopher, who seems to have lived during the latter half of the first century after Christ, since Galen (vol. vi. p. 532, ed. Paris), who lived under the Antonines, states, that he heard one of the pupils of Aspasius.


Commentaries on Aristotle

Boethius, who frequently refers to his works, says that Aspasius wrote commentaries on most of the works of Aristotle. The following commentaries are expressly mentioned: on De Interpretatione, the Physica, Metaphysica, Categoriae, and the Nicomachean Ethics.


A portion of the commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (viz. on books 1, 2, 4, 7, and 8) are still extant, and were first printed by Aldus Manutius, in his collection of the Greek commentators on the Nicomachean Ethics. (Venice, 1536, fol.) A Latin translation by J. B. Felicianus appeared at Venice in 1541, and has often been reprinted.

Commentaries on Plato

From Porphyrius, who also states that Aspasius wrote commentaries on Plato, we learn that his commentaries on Aristotle were used in the school of Plotinus.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. iii. p. 264, &c.; Buhle, Aristot. Op. i. p. 296.

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