full title   Nicomachean Ethics

author Aristotle

type of work  Philosophical treatise

language  Ancient (Classical or Attic) Greek

time and place written  Between 334 and 323 b.c. in Athens; composed as lecture notes for Aristotle’s courses at the Lyceum

date of first publication  Compiled by editors an indeterminate, short time after Aristotle’s death

narrator  The Ethics are notes from Aristotle’s lectures, so the speaker is undoubtedly Aristotle himself

major topics  Virtue and happiness; moral education; the doctrine of the mean; the unity of the virtues; the importance of friendship; the life of contemplation