The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Diels, Hermann
DIELS, dēls, Hermann, German educator: b. Biebrich 1848. He was educated at the universities of Bonn and Berlin and in 1886 became professor ordinarius of classical philology at the latter institution. His most notable work is his ‘Doxographi Græci’ (1879), in which he first determined the sources of the doctrines of the Greek philosophers as transmitted by post-Aristotelian scholars. He also issued an edition of Simplicius' ‘Commentary on the Physics of Aristotle’ (1882); and ‘Ueber die Philosophenschulen der Griechen’ (1887); ‘Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, Griechisch und Deutsch’ (1903; 2d ed., 1906-10); a treatise on the ‘Sibyllinische Blätter’ (1890). He was also a member of the editorial staff of the ‘Commentaria in Aristotelem Græca’ and of the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (Berlin, 1887).