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7. An Aristotelic philosopher.

He himself (p. 37, 6) speaks of Alexandria as his residence, and (p. 12, 6) mentions the comet which appeared in the 281st year of the Diocletian era (A. D. 565), so that the period when he lived is fixed to the latter half of the sixth century after Christ.


Works


Commentary on the
Meteorologica
of Aristotle

He is the author of a commentary on the Meteorologica of Aristotle, which is still extant.

His work, like the scholia of the Neo-Platonic philosopher of the same name, is divided into πράξεις; from which it would seem that the Aristotelic philosophy was taught at Alexandria even after the Neo-Platonic school had become extinct. Like Simplicius, to whom, however, he is inferior, he endeavours to reconcile Plato and Aristotle. Of Proclus he speaks with great admiration, styling him Θεῖος ; but his great authority is Ammionius.

Editions

His commentary was published by the sons of Aldus, at Venice, 1551.


Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. x. p. 628, &c., who gives; list of the authors quoted by him.

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