Diogenes of Tarsus
was an Epicurean
philosopher, who lived in the 2nd century BC
, who is described by Strabo
as a person clever in composing improvised tragedies. He was the author of several works, which, however, are lost. Among them are:
- Epilektoi scholai (Ἐπίλεκτοι σχολαί), which was probably a collection of essays or dissertations on philosophical subjects.
- An abridgement of the Ethics of Epicurus (ἐπιτομὴ τῶν Ἐρικούρου ἠθικῶν ζητημάτων), of which Diogenes Laërtius quotes the 12th book.
- Peri poiêtikôn zêtematôn (Περὶ ποιητικῶν ζητμάτων), that is, on poetical problems, which he endeavoured to solve, and which seem to have had special reference to the Homeric poems.