“The Library of Aristotle: The Most Important Collection of Books Ever Formed,” by Konstantinos Staikos

The Library of Aristotle: The Most Important Collection of Books Ever Formed, by Konstantinos Staikos (Translated by Alexandra Doumas)


The following description is based the publisher’s notes:

The Library of AristotleThe Library of Aristotle follows the history of the philosopher’s book collection until the edition of Corpus Aristotelicum that Andronicus of Rhodes published in the first century CE. Aristotle started to gather these volumes to form a personal library before he became a member of the Academy and a pupil of Plato (367 BCE). In order to comment on various aspects of culture, he amassed all written texts accessible to him at the time. These included treatises on physics, philosophy, poetry, rhetoric, politics, and cosmogony as well as the complete works of Plato and members of the Academy. His knowledge of written tradition is evident from the numerous citations he uses in texts and critical comments on the works of others. There are three discernible periods in Aristotle’s writing, and they correspond to three stages in his life when he contributed to the library: his teaching at the Academy (c. 367-347), his self-imposed exile to Assus, Lesbos, and Macedonia (c. 347-335), and his teaching at the Lyceum (c. 335-322). Its volumes formed part of the Lyceum library at Athens, and no one before or after him in antiquity collected such a varied range of topics covering nearly all branches of knowledge.

Author: Konstantinos Staikos
Hardcover: 360 pages
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press
Release: August 31, 2016
ISBN: 1584563419