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Times Literary Supplement Now, readers can consult the Lives in a beautiful English translation by Pamela Mensch. This translation will undoubtedly supersede that by Robert Hicks, published in 1925 and until now the standard English version. [...] Oxford University Press have also done a wonderful job. The footnotes... are well judged, providing important background information without overwhelming the text. Embellishment is provided in the form of many philosophically inspired
artworks, all handsomely reproduced [...] A set of essays by leading scholars such as Anthony Grafton, Ingrid Rowland and Dorandi himself help introduce the Lives and its reception to general readers. The book is like no history of philosophy that such readers will be used to.
Sean McConnell, Bryn Mawr Classical Review The English translation by Pamela Mensch is lively, fresh, engaging, and eminently readable. Given the number of vagaries, jokes, technicalities, and such that proliferate in the Greek, this is a most impressive achievement. The copious notes, helpfully placed beneath the translation on each page, are superb at giving required information on names, dates, places, technical terms, and so forth in a crisp and accurate manner... This book offers a wealth of material on
Diogenes Laertius: a translation, notes, a companion, a bibliography, all in one volume. It is a truly first-class resource, and everyone involved, including Oxford University Press, should be heartily congratulated for a brilliant achievement. That a book of this kind can be made affordable should
be a salutary lesson for other academic publishers. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
CHOICE This book will be useful to all students studying Greek philosophy, as both a reference to the past and a look into the birth of Greek philosophy ... Recommended.
Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Caf and How to Live Diogenes Laertius presented afresh with all the generosity, visual richness, and breadth of reference he deservesa wonderful edition.
Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life In this superbly produced and edited volume, the compendious work of the learned Diogenes Laertius at last receives the prominence that his unique contribution to our knowledge and understanding of ancient philosophy requires. The admirable translation by doyenne Pamela Mensch is accompanied by a full apparatus of the latest scholarship, including essays by over a dozen of the most eminent philosophers and historians of philosophy of our own day.
Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers Diogenes Laertius is not Nietzsches dim-witted watchman of the history of Greek philosophy, but a fascinating and underrated figure. This is a wonderful edition, brilliantly translated, with a helpful introduction and accompanying set of essays by first-rate scholars. Although a precious source for many ancient philosophers, especially Epicurus, Diogenes Laertius is mu...
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Pamela Mensch is a translator of Greek prose whose works include The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander (Anchor, 2012), Herodotus' Histories (Hackett, 2014, ed. James Romm), and Plutarch's The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives (Norton, 2017, ed. Romm). James Miller is Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism at the New School. He has authored and edited an array of reputed works, including Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (Picador, 2012), The Passion of Michel Foucault (Simon & Schuster, 1993), History and Human Existence: From Marx to Merleau-Ponty (University of Chicago Press, 1982), and the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock'n'Roll (Random House, 1976), among numerous others.
Editor's introduction James Miller Translator's preface Pamela Mensch Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Doctrines of the Eminent Philosophers Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Book 4 Book 5 Book 6 Book 7 Book 8 Book 9 Book 10 Essays Annotated Bibliography Jay Elliot Annotated list of sources Biographical index of persons Index of places