Demetrius of Phalerum

Philosopher, Politician

2024 – 1969

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Who was Demetrius of Phalerum?

Demetrius of Phalerum was an Athenian orator originally from Phalerum, a student of Theophrastus and one of the first Peripatetics. Demetrius was a distinguished statesman who was appointed by the Macedonian king, Cassander, to govern Athens, where he ruled as sole ruler for ten years, introducing important reforms of the legal system while maintaining pro-Cassander oligarchic rule. He was exiled by his enemies in 307 BC, and he went first to Thebes, and then, after 297 BC, to the court of Alexandria. He wrote extensively on the subjects of history, rhetoric, and literary criticism.

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Born
May 27, 2024
Phalereum
Also known as
  • Chief Librarian, Alexandria Library
Profession
Employment
  • Governor, The ancient city of Athens
  • Chief Librarian, Ptolemy I Soter
Lived in
  • Ancient Thebes
  • Classical Athens
  • Alexandria
Died
Dec 31, 1969

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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