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Inscription


“According to Bryon in his treatise On Theocritus , Theocritus of Chios composed an Inscription upon him:

To Hermias the Eunuch, slave of Eubulus, this empty tomb was raised by the empty-minded Aristotle, who respecting the lawless1 nature of his belly chose to dwell at the mouth of the Borborus instead of in the Academy.2

CURFRAG.tlg-1714.1
Plutarch Exile : Aristotle was abused by Theocritus of Chios because he was content with his life at the courts of Philip and Alexander, saying ‘chose to dwell’ etc. It seems there is a river near Pella called by the Macedonians Borborus or Mud.3

Didymus On Demosthenes , from a 2nd-Century Papyrus

1 other cit. have ‘unrestrained’

2 the suggestion is that Arist. withdrew to Macedonia because he could not earn a livelihood at Athens

3 cf. Euseb. Praep. Ev. 15. 793, Apost. 6. 38 a; Diog. L. 5. 11 (1-2)

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