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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
Length: 28 hrs and 33 mins
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Everyone wants to live a meaningful life. Long before our own day of self-help books offering 12-step programs and other guides to attain happiness, the philosophers of ancient Greece explored the riddle of what makes a life worth living, producing a wide variety of ideas and examples to follow. 

This rich tradition was recast by Diogenes Laertius into an anthology, a miscellany of maxims and anecdotes, that generations of Western readers have consulted for edification as well as entertainment ever since Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, first compiled in the AD third century, came to prominence in Renaissance Italy. To this day, it remains a crucial source for much of what we know about the origins and practice of philosophy in ancient Greece, covering a longer period of time and a larger number of figures - from Pythagoras and Socrates to Aristotle and Epicurus - than any other ancient source.

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A let down but still decent

Diogenes discusses the personal lives of many philosophers with some ancedotes with little to no discussion of their ideas. Consequently the book is a let down and more biography than philosophy. However the essays by various modern scholars after the book make up for it slightly.

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Could be worse ....

Diogenes Laertius' lives is flawed but beggars can't be choosers... The essays are a very nice addition...
The narrator is a really bad fit !!! Poor performance.

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  • 01-25-19

Terrible narration.

The narrator sounded absolutely nothing like what I would expect any of the philosophers described in this work to sound like. This one flaw has turned a classic work to ruins.

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