Alexander of Aegae

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Alexander (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος) of Aegae was a Peripatetic philosopher who flourished in Rome in the 1st century, and was a disciple of the celebrated mathematician Sosigenes of Alexandria.[1] He was tutor to the emperor Nero.[2][3] He wrote commentaries on the Categories[4] and the De Caelo[5] of Aristotle.[6] Attempts in the 19th century to ascribe some of the works of Alexander of Aphrodisias to Alexander of Aegae have been shown to be mistaken.[7]


  1. ^ Jowett, Benjamin (1867). "Alexander of Aegae". In William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 110–111. 
  2. ^ Suda, Ἀλέξανδρος Αἰγαῖος
  3. ^ The quote attributed to Alexander in the Suda entry is found in Suetonius (Tiberius 57), where it is attributed to Theodorus of Gadara.
  4. ^ Simplicius, In Cat. 10.20, 13.16
  5. ^ Simplicius, In De Caelo, 430.29-32
  6. ^ cf. "Commentators on Aristotle". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 
  7. ^ Victor Carlisle Barr Coutant, (1936), Alexander of Aphrodisias: Commentary on Book IV of Aristotle's Meteorologica, page 21. Columbia University