The Characters Of Theophrastus

Theophrastus (c. 371 BCE - c. 287 BCE)
Translated by Charles E. Bennett (1858 - 1921) and William Alexander Hammond (1828 - 1900)

Theophrastus ( c. 371 – c. 287 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic School. He wrote on many topics: biology, geology, physics, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, logic – and more. His book Characters… contains thirty brief, vigorous, and trenchant outlines of moral types, which form a most valuable picture of the life of his time, and in fact of human nature in general. They are the first recorded attempt at systematic character writing. “Apart from slight variations of local coloring and institutions, the descriptions of the old Greek philosopher might apply almost as well to the present inhabitants of London or Boston as to the Athenians of 300 B.C.” This edition contains an extensive and informative introduction to the man and his thought. - Summary by Book Introduction, Wikipedia, and David Wales

Genre(s): Psychology, Ancient

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface; Introduction; Epistle Dedicatory David Wales
Play 01 Part 1: The Dissembler; The Flatterer; The Coward; The Over-Zealous Man; The Tactless Man; The Shameless Man; The Newsmonger; The Mean Man; The Stupid Man; The Surly Man. David Wales
Play 02 Part 2: The Superstitious Man; The Thankless Man; The Suspicious Man; The Disagreeable Man; The Exquisite; The Garrulous Man; The Bore; The Rough; The Affable Man; The Impudent Man. David Wales
Play 03 Part 3: The Gross Man; The Boor; The Penurious Man; The Pompous Man; The Braggart; The Oligarch; The Backbiter; The Avaricious Man; The Late Learner; The Vicious Man. David Wales