Zeno of Tarsus

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Zeno of Tarsus (Greek: Ζήνων ὁ Ταρσεύς, Zenon ho Tarseus; fl. 200 BC) was a Stoic philosopher and the son of Dioscorides.

Biography[edit]

Zeno was a pupil of Chrysippus,[1] and when Chrysippus died c. 206 BC, he succeeded him to become the fourth scholarch of the Stoic school in Athens.[2]

According to Diogenes Laërtius, he wrote very few books, but left a great number of disciples.[1] From what little is known about his philosophical views, he was an orthodox Stoic, but doubted the doctrine of the conflagration of the universe.[2] This was a considerable modification of the physical theory of the Stoics, who held that the universe periodically dissolved into fire.

It is not known when he died. He was succeeded as head of the Stoic school by Diogenes of Babylon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Laërtius, Diogenes (1925). "Book VII: The Stoics". Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. 2:7. Translated by Hicks, Robert Drew (Two volume ed.). Loeb Classical Library. § 35 Cf. 41, 84. 
  2. ^ a b Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica, 15. 18.

Further reading[edit]

Preceded by
Chrysippus
Leader of the Stoic school
206 – ? BC
Succeeded by
Diogenes of Babylon