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Theophrastus (c. 371–287 B.C.)

Theophrastus of Eresus in Lesbos (thē-o-fras’tus). A Greek philosopher; became the head of the Peripatetic school after the death of its founder Aristotle, presiding over it for thirty-five years (322–287 B.C.). His treatises on ‘Practical Botany,’ in nine books, and ‘Theoretical Botany,’ in six books, are still extant; besides fragments of works on mineralogy, on the senses, and on metaphysics. The work by which he is best known is his treatise called ‘Characters.’