Aristocles of Messene

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Aristocles of Messene (/əˈrɪstəˌklz/; Greek: Ἀριστοκλῆς ὁ Μεσσήνιος), in Sicily,[1] was a Peripatetic philosopher, who probably lived in the 1st century AD.[2] He may have been the teacher of Alexander of Aphrodisias.[3]

According to the Suda[1] and Eudokia, he wrote several works:

  • Πότερον σπουδαιότερος Ὅμηρος ἢ Πλάτων – Whether Homer or Plato is more Worthy.
  • Τέχναι ῥητορικαί – Arts of Rhetoric.
  • A work on the god Serapis.
  • A work on Ethics, in nine books.
  • A work on Philosophy, in ten books.

The last of these works appears to have been a history of philosophy, in which he wrote about the philosophers, their schools, and doctrines. Several fragments of it are preserved in Eusebius.[4]


  1. ^ a b Suda, Aristokles
  2. ^ Karamanolis, G., (2006), Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?: Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry, page 37. Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Cyrill. c. Jul. ii. The correct reading of this passage is in doubt and may refer instead to Aristotle of Mytilene.
  4. ^ Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica, xiv, xv.


  • Maria Lorenza Chiesara (ed.), Aristocles of Messene. Testimonia and Fragments, New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Aristocles". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.