This fascinating book contains information on over 2,300 ancient Western philosophers, from Abammon to Zoticus.
Covering the period from the seventh century BC to the seventh century AD, it brings together the extremely well-known and the thoroughly obscure.
Those already familiar with ancient philosophy will find it an invaluable and handy work of reference with a breadth of coverage that far exceeds any other single-volume work on the subject.
Those new to the subject will find it a useful introduction.
The ideas of the major thinkers are summarised and an historical overview of ancient philosophy allows them to be placed in their proper context.
The book also provides useful background reading for anyone interested in the ancient world who wants to find out more about its intellectual life.
A minimum of philosophical jargon ensures its accessibility to a wide audience.
As in ancient histories of philosophy, there is also a modest amount of gossip.