Aristocreon (Greek: Ἀριστοκρέων; fl. 200 BC) was a Stoic philosopher and the nephew of Chrysippus.


Aristocreon was a son of the sister of Chrysippus, and became his pupil.[1] Chrysippus dedicated several of his works to him.[2] Of the few facts known about Aristocreon's life, it is known that between 229 and 190 BC, he was in Athens, where he obtained the official position of a Proxenos (a consular agent acting for another city).[3] He was still alive in Athens in 184 BC.[3] Plutarch records that Aristocreon erected a bronze statue of his uncle on a pillar and engraved a verse to him:

Of uncle Chrysippus Aristocreon this likeness erected;
The knots the Academy tied, the cleaver, Chrysippus, dissected.[4]

It is not known whether this Aristocreon is the same as the author of a description of Egypt.[5]


  1. ^ Laërtius 1925, § 185; Plutarch, De Stoicorum repugnantiis 1033e
  2. ^ Laërtius 1925, § 196–197, 202.
  3. ^ a b Dorandi 1999, p. 40.
  4. ^ Plutarch, De Stoicorum repugnantiis 1033e
  5. ^ Pliny, Naturalis historia, v. 9., vi. 29., 30.; Aelian, Natura Animalium, vii. 40.


  • Dorandi, Tiziano (1999). "Chapter 2: Chronology". In Algra, Keimpe; et al. (eds.). The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 52. ISBN 9780521250283.
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Laërtius, Diogenes (1925). "The Stoics: Chrysippus" . Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. Vol. 2:7. Translated by Hicks, Robert Drew (Two volume ed.). Loeb Classical Library. § 179–202.