Prof. William W. Fortenbaugh’s Book Contributes to the Classical Humanities Collection at Rutgers University

November 09 17:43 2021

Author and editor William W. Fortenbaugh completes yet another masterpiece titled “Theophrastus: His Psychological, Doxographical, and Scientific Writings”. As a part of the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, this book is a delve into the ideology of Theophrastus of Eresus, a pupil of Aristotle and successor to the head of the Peripatetic School.

In modern times, Theophrastus of Eresus is recognized as the author of the amusing “Characters” and two radical works in botany. However, his writings range through the entire range of Hellenistic philosophic studies. The Volume 5 of Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, focuses primarily on Theophrastus’s scientific work. It contains brand-new editions of two brief scientific essays; ‘On Fish’ and ‘Afeteoro’, supplemented by translations and commentary.

“Theophrastus wrote extensively on a range of subjects, but only his works on botany and the ‘Characters’ ever receive any attention. Other works were abbreviated and excerpted so survive as fragments in manuscript anthologies. This volume discusses some of these works. Sharples is nice enough to provide an English translation of a work, ‘On Fish'”, says an impressed reader.

Author and editor William W. Fortenbaugh is currently a professor emeritus of classics at Rutgers University. He is the sole founder of the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH) series and is the current series editor.

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