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date: 27 February 2021


, of Eresus, fl. 320 bce
  • Godfrey Louis Barber
  •  and Simon Hornblower


Phaenias of *Eresu (fl. 320 BCE), a pupil of *Aristotle who inherited the *Peripatetic interest in literary and historical research. Amongst various writings may be noted Τυράννων ἀναίρεσις ἐκ τιμωρίας (‘On the slaying of tyrants for motives of revenge’), an expansion of Aristotle, Pol. 1311a25, marked by moral judgements characteristic of the period, and Περὶ τῶν ἐν Σικελίᾳ τυράννων (‘On the tyrants in Sicily’). References in *Plutarch's ‘Lives’ of Solon and Themistocles suggest that Phaenias was a valuable addition to Plutarch's sources.

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