16. Of TARSUS, an Epicurean philosopher, who is described by Strabo (xiv. p.675
) as a person clever in composing extenpore tragedies.
He was the author of several works, which, however, are lost. Among them are mentioned : 1. Ἐπίλεκτοι σχολαί
, which was probably a collection of essays or dissertations on philosophical subjects. (D. L. 10.26
, with Menage's note.) 2.
An abridgement of the Ethics of Epicurus (ἐπιτομὴ τῶν Ἐπικούρου ἠθικῶν ζητημάτων
), of which Diogenes Laertius (10.118) quotes the 12th book. 3. Περὶ ποιητικῶν ζητημάτων
, that is, on poetical problems, which he endeavoured to solve, and which seem to have had especial reference to the Homeric poems. (D. L. 6.81
.) Further particulars are not known about him, though Gassendi (de Vit. Epicur.
2.6) represents him as a disciple of Demetrius the Laconian.
There are several more literary persons of the name of Diogenes, concerning whom nothing is known.
A list of them is given by Thiery, l. e.
p. 97, &c.