Theophrastus directs here. For the minor fictional character in Southern Victory, see Theophrastus (Southern Victory)

Historical Figure
Nationality: Eresos (Ancient Greece)
Date of Birth: c. 371 BC
Date of Death: c. 287 BC
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Scientist, philosopher, educator
Turtledove Appearances:
Hellenic Traders
Set in OTL
Appearance(s): Over the Wine-Dark Sea
Owls to Athens
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references (OtWS-TSL); Direct (OtA)
Theophrastus (/ˌθiːəˈfræstəs/; Greek: Θεόφραστος; c. 371 – c. 287 BC), a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He came to Athens at a young age and initially 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 presided over 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 honored him with a public funeral. Theophrastus' interests were wide ranging, extending from biology and physics to ethics and metaphysics.

Literary commentEdit

In the Hellenic Traders series, where Theophrastus appears directly, Harry Turtledove uses the Greek spelling "Theophrastos".

Theophrastus in Hellenic TradersEdit

Theophrastos instructed at the Academy in Athens. Sostratos, a trader from Rhodes, studied under Theophrastos for a time.[1]


  1. Over the Wine-Dark Sea, ch. 1., ebook.

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