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Headword: Ἀριστοτέλης
Adler number: alpha,3930
Translated headword: Aristotle, Aristoteles
Vetting Status: high
"Timaios[1] says against Aristotle that he was arrogant, reckless, and headstrong . . . (but not)[2] a pedantic and detestable sophist who had just locked up his precious surgeon's shop, and who besides [this] had forced his way into every court and onto every stage and was a glutton and epicure catering for his mouth in everything. I think that surely such language could scarcely be tolerated even from the lips of some unscrupulous knave making random accusations in a law court."[3]
Aristotle was a clerk by nature, steeping his pen in intellect; from whom perhaps it was not necessary to seek anything useful, even if it is more technical and exceptionally worked out.[4]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] Aristotelian speech.
Greek Original:
Ἀριστοτέλης: Τίμαιός φησι κατὰ Ἀριστοτέλους εἶναι αὐτὸν εὐχερῆ, θρασὺν, προπετῆ: ἀλλ' οὐ σοφιστὴν ὀψιμαθῆ, μισητὸν ὑπάρχοντα, καὶ τὸ πολυτίμητον ἰατρεῖον ἀποκεκλεικότα, καὶ πρὸς πᾶσαν αὐλὴν καὶ σκηνὴν ἐμπεπηδηκότα. πρὸς δὲ γαστρίμαργον, ὀψαρτυτὴν, ἐπὶ στόμα φερόμενον ἐν πᾶσι. δοκεῖ δή μοι τὰ τοιαῦτα μόλις ἄνθρωπος ἀγύρτης καὶ προπετὴς ἐπὶ δικαστηρίου ῥιψολογῶν ἀνεκτὸς φανῆναι. ὅτι Ἀριστοτέλης τῆς φύσεως γραμματεὺς ἦν, τὸν κάλαμον ἀποβρέχων εἰς νοῦν: ὃν οὐδὲν ἴσως ἐχρῆν τῶν χρησίμων, εἰ καὶ τεχνικώτερόν ἐστι καὶ περιττότερον ἐξειργασμένον, παραιτεῖσθαι. καὶ Ἀριστοτέλειος λόγος.
For Aristotle see already alpha 3929.
[1] Timaios (Timaeus) of Tauromenion, historian, C4/3 BCE; see generally tau 600 and 602. The present extract from him, preserved by Polybios (n.3 below), is FGrH 566 F156.
[2] The "but not" belongs to the second part of an antithesis, of which the Suda omits the first part; these are still assertions made by Timaios about Aristotle.
[3] Polybios 12.8.2-5, translated by W.R. Paton.
[4] Source unknown but evidently, again, hostile. (The label "clerk", γραμματεύς , might just be a variant on "scholar", γραμματικός , but in context there is no good reason to think so.)
On the criticisms of Aristotle by Timaeus see generally F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, ii (Oxford 1967) 330-353, esp. 330-1; L. Pearson, The Greek Historians of the West (Atlanta 1987) 98-101
Keywords: biography; ethics; food; historiography; imagery; medicine; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 October 2000@21:39:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes; added bibliography) on 18 March 2001@11:08:49.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 25 August 2002@04:29:44.
David Whitehead (retrieved keywords and added more; cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@05:49:26.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 April 2012@02:09:22.


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