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 (thē′ə-frăs′təs) 371?-287? bc.
Greek philosopher who succeeded Aristotle as leader of the Peripatetics and wrote important treatises in botany and other sciences, logic, and metaphysics.
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(Biography) ?372–?287 bc, Greek Peripatetic philosopher, noted esp for his Characters, a collection of sketches of moral types
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(ˌθi əˈfræs təs)

372?–287 B.C., Greek philosopher.
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Noun1.Theophrastus - Greek philosopher who was a student of Aristotle and who succeeded Aristotle as the leader of the Peripatetics (371-287 BC)
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Raoul, opening his large eyes, like the absent man in Theophrastus, made no answer, but his sadness increased two shades.
Every one knows and sings his two stanzas 'To Celia'--'Drink to me only with thine eyes,' which would still be famous without the exquisitely appropriate music that has come down to us from Jonson's own time, and which are no less beautiful because they consist largely of ideas culled from the Greek philosopher Theophrastus. In all his poems, however, Jonson aims consistently at the classical virtues of clearness, brevity, proportion, finish, and elimination of all excess.
Anna Pavord's new book The Naming of Names took six years to write and research and goes back more than 2,000 years to the time of the philosopher Theophrastus, the first person ever to write a book about plants.
(9) Characterization typical of Hellenistic art and classical comedy was transmitted to Spain of the Golden Age through the treatises of Theophrastus (third century B.C.E.).
Aristotle and Theophrastus both mentioned him and seem to have possessed copies of his work.
The modern name 'emerald' is derived from the ancient smaragdus, a word that can be traced back at least as far as the late 4th or early 3rd century BC when it was used by the Greek writer Theophrastus as a catchall for green gemstones (Theophrastus' On Stones 23-27 in Caley and Richards, 1956, p.
"We are situated only two kilometers from the main Olympics Stadium," said Filothei mayor Theophrastus Economides.
Regarding the formation of metals, while rejecting the possibility of alchemical transmutation, he accepted the Jabirean sulphur-mercury theory which he combined with the mineralogical theories of Aristotle and Theophrastus. His works and those of Muslim scientists who followed him played a very important role in the later development of chemical theories which grew out of the alchemical worldview, once the symbolic and spiritual significance of alchemy was forgotten.
A thermal bath developed at the spring which remained in the possession of the monastery and where Theophrastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus, practised his physician's trade in 1535.
Gazania is thought to have been named after Theodore of Gaza who translated the botanical works of the Greek philosopher Theophrastus into Latin.
Ammonides ON IMITATION Splay the oozing Theophrastus (1) on a catapult.
La Bruyere's Characters offered a mondain readership what are in effect typical elements of a humanist education: childish objects, in this case ridiculous figures from everyday life in the text itself, and a learned apparatus framing it (biography, translation and imitation of an ancient exemplar, Theophrastus), an exquisitely calibrated amalgam of modern excess and ancient poise in which the latter discretely contained the former.