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Statue of Theophrastus
|Born||c. 371 BC|
|Died||c. 287 BC|
|Main interests||Botany, ethics, grammar, history, logic, metaphysics, natural history, physics|
He came to Athens at a young age and studied in Plato's school. After Plato's death, he attached himself to Aristotle. Aristotle bequeathed to Theophrastus his writings and designated him as his successor at the Lyceum.
Theophrastus led the Peripatetic school for thirty-six years, during which time the school flourished greatly. He is often considered the "father of botany" for his works on plants. After his death, the Athenians honoured him with a public funeral. His successor as head of the school was Strato of Lampsacus.