Zenodotus (Stoic)

Summary

Zenodotus (/zəˈnɒdətəs/; Greek: Ζηνόδοτος; fl. 150 BC) was a Stoic philosopher. He was a pupil of Diogenes of Babylon. All information about him comes from Diogenes Laërtius, everything else has been lost.

PoetryEdit

Diogenes Laërtius recorded the epitaph Zenodotus wrote for Zeno of Citium:[1]

You made contentment the chief rule of life,

Despising haughty wealth, O God-like Zenon.

With solemn look, and hoary brow serene,

You taught a manly doctrine; and didst found

By your deep wisdom, a great novel school,

Chaste parent of unfearing liberty.

And if your country was Phoenicia,

Why need we grieve, from that land Cadmus came,

Who gave to Greece her written books of wisdom.

DedicationsEdit

Chrysippus dedicated a two-book treatise on proverbs to Zenodotus.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius. Book: Life of Zeno, Section 30
  2. ^ The Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius. Book: Lives of Stoic Philosophers, Section 200