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(Δικαίαρχος; Dikaíarchos) from Messene (in Sicily [1. 43]), student of  Aristotle.

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A. Life

D. (born c. 375 BC?) spent a part of his life in the Peloponnese (Cic. Att. 6,2,3; fragments and testimonials in [1]; list of writings in [2]). As with other early Peripatetics, the breadth of D.'s interests is remarkable; Varro (Rust. 1,2,6) and Pliny (HN 2,162) describe him as ‘highly learned’, Cicero (Att. 6,2,3) as ‘very well instructed’ (ἱστορικώτατος).

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Sharples, Robert (London), “Dicaearchus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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