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Theophrastus [Astro*Index]

(thee-oh-fras'tus) (BC372-287) Greek botanist.

Born at Eresus, on the Aegean island of Lesbos, and died at Athens. He first studied under Plato at Athens. Named Tyrtamus at birth, Aristotle nicknamed him Theophrastus ("divine speech") when the two met on Lesbos, after the death of Plato. After Aristotle retired, Theophrastus managed the Lyceum until his own death 35 years later. He became guardian of Aristotle's children, and inherited the latter's library. He is considered the father of botany. Astrologers may find his satire on human `types' interesting reading.


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