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(Πρόδικος/Pródikos) from Ceos. Sophist and philosopher, b. in Iulis on the island of Ceos (84 A 1 DK) probably between 470 and 460 BC; contemporary of Democritus [1], Gorgias and Protagoras [2], who may have been P.' teacher. He apparently outlived Socrates, as can be deduced from the mention of him in Pl. Ap. 19e (as did Gorgias and Hippias). Like the latter two men, he was an envoy for the city of Ceos and an itinerant sophist (Pl. Hp. mai. 282c). Aristophanes [3] linked P. with Socrates (Aristoph. Nub. 360-362), and in Plato's works Socrates called himself P.' pupil (Pl.…

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Narcy, Michel (Paris), “Prodicus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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