Sunday, 12 December 2010

The essential entrepreneurial dilemma (Part 3 of 4)

Although the Lyceum was not a modern corporation listed in the stock market, we should not underestimate the pressures on Andronicus to decide in favour of short-term advantages. Suffice to say than in the preceding two hundred years, under much better economic conditions, no one had undertaken the task of editing and compiling Aristotle's works.

Luckily, Andronicus of Rhodes took the long-term view and decided to concentrate the Lyceum resources on producing a compilation of Aristotle's writings. You might not know that, by the time they began their task, already half of Aristotle's manuscripts had been rendered illegible by decay or eaten up by worms.

The compilation of Aristotle's writings made in the Lyceum under Andronicus' supervision consisted of 47 books. In addition, about thirty books by Aristotle available at that time were left out of the compilation, possibly considering that, since they were so many copies in circulation of those other thirty books, there was little risk of them disappearing.

To be continued in Part 4


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