Zeno of Tarsus

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Zeno of Tarsus (Greek: Ζήνων, Zenon; fl. 200 BC) was a Stoic philosopher and the son of Dioscorides.

He was a pupil of Chrysippus,[1] and when Chrysippus died c. 206 BC, he succeeded him to become the fourth scholarch of the Stoic school in Athens.[2]

According to Diogenes Laërtius, he wrote very few books, but left a great number of disciples.[1] From what little is known about his philosophical views, he was an orthodox Stoic, but doubted the doctrine of the conflagration of the universe.[2] This was a considerable modification of the physical theory of the Stoics, who held that the universe periodically dissolved into fire.

It is not known when he died. He was succeeded as head of the Stoic school by Diogenes of Babylon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikisource-logo.svg Diogenes Laërtius, Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, vii. 35. Cf. 41, 84
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica, 15. 18.
Preceded by
Leader of the Stoic school
206 – ? BC
Succeeded by
Diogenes of Babylon