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Colotes of Lampsacus

Eleni Kechagia

in Plutarch Against Colotes

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199597239
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597239.003.0003

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Colotes of Lampsacus

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This chapter focuses on the target of Plutarch's Adversus Colotem and examines the extant testimonies about Colotes' life and writings with a view to assessing his position within the Epicurean tradition. Colotes may not have been one of the protagonists in Epicurus' Garden, but is shown to have been a close friend and associate of Epicurus in Lampsacus. In addition to the general polemic against the great Greek philosophers, Colotes had written at least three more polemical works: two anti-commentaries against Plato's Lysis and Euthydemus, and a critique of Plato's myths in the Republic. What remains of his philosophical production shows not only that Colotes was well-versed in the details of Epicurean theory, but most importantly that his work formed part of the tradition of polemical writing that flourished in the early Epicurean school.

Keywords: anti-commentaries; Colotes' life; Colotes' writings; early Epicurean school; Euthydemus; Lampsacus; Lysis; Plato's myths; Republic; tradition of polemical writing

Chapter.  15489 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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