Basilides the Epicurean


Basilides (or Basileides, Greek: Βασιλείδης; c. 250 – c. 175 BC[1]) was an Epicurean philosopher, who succeeded Dionysius of Lamptrai as the head of the Epicurean school at Athens. c. 205 CE.[2][3] It is not certain who succeeded Basilides: Apollodorus is the next Epicurean leader we can be certain about, but there may have been at least one intermediate leader, and the name Thespis has been suggested.[4] Barnes and Brunschwig suggested that Basilides of Tyre and Basilides the Epicurean could be the same Basilides.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Dorandi 1999, p. 52.
  2. ^ Laërtius 1925, § 25.
  3. ^ Diogenes Laertius. "Lives Of Eminent Philosophers II: 6 10".
  4. ^ Dorandi 1999, p. 45.
  5. ^ Jonathan Barnes & J. Brunschwig (2005). Science and Speculation. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521022187.


  • Dorandi, Tiziano (1999). "Chapter 2: Chronology". In Algra, Keimpe; et al. (eds.). The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 52. ISBN 9780521250283.
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Laërtius, Diogenes (1925). "Epicurus" . Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. Vol. 2:10. Translated by Hicks, Robert Drew (Two volume ed.). Loeb Classical Library. § 25.