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The student and successor of Aristotle, Theophrastus of Eresus is the author of one of the most important botanical works to have survived antiquity. A polymath and enthusiast of many interests, his studies explored all aspects of human knowledge and experience, especially natural science. On a social level, Theophrastus’ famous ‘Characters’ is a collection of descriptive sketches, serving as the earliest example of character-writing and providing an engaging insight into daily life in the Hellenic world. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents Theophrastus’ collected works, with illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Theophrastus’ life and works
* Features the collected works of Theophrastus in English translation
* The complete extant Greek texts
* Concise introductions to the major works
* Includes Arthur F. Hort’s translation of ‘Enquiry into Plants’, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the works you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes Theophrastus’ rare works ‘On Stones’ and ‘On Winds’, first time in digital print
* Features two bonus biographies, including Diogenes Laërtius’ seminal ‘Life’ — discover Theophrastus’ ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

Please note: currently there are no translations available in the public domain for ‘De Causis Plantarum’ and a few minor treatises. When more texts become available, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.


The Translations
Enquiry into Plants (translated by Arthur F. Hort)
On Characters (translated by R. C. Jebb)
Treatise on Odours (translated by Arthur F. Hort)
Concerning Weather Signs (translated by Arthur F. Hort)
On Winds (translated by James G . Wood)
On Stones (anonymous 1774 translation)

The Greek Texts
List of Greek Texts

The Biographies
Theophrastus by Diogenes Laërtius
Theophrastus’ Life and Works by Arthur F. Hort