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Sokrates- und Sokratikerbriefe

(476 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus
[English version] In neun Hss. aus der Zeit von 1269/70 bis zum Anf. des 17. Jh. sind in unterschiedlicher Anordnung, teils vollzählig, teils in Auswahl, sieben Briefe des Sokrates [2] und 20 der Sokratiker überliefert (epist. 1-27, Zählung nach Köhler [5]), dazu sechs Briefe (= Br.) von und an Speusippos (epist. 28; 30-34), ein Br. Platons an den Makedonenkönig Philippos [4] II. (epist. 29) und ein in dor. Dial. verfaßter, mit zahlreichen Korruptelen durchsetzter letzter Br. mit unbekanntem Absen…

Sophroniskos

(58 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus
[English version] (Σωφρονίσκος). Ehemann der Phainarete, mit der er den Philosophen Sokrates [2] zeugte, von Beruf Steinmetz. In Platons ‘Laches (180e) rühmt Lysimachos [1] S. als inzwischen verstorbenen treuen Freund, mit dem er sich nie gestritten habe. Mehr ist über S. nicht bekannt. Wie üblich, benannte Sokrates einen seiner drei Söhne nach seinem Vater. Döring, Klaus

Simmias

(158 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus
(Σιμμίας). [English version] [1] S. aus Theben Freund des Sokrates, 5. Jh. v. Chr. Freund des Sokrates [2] (Plat. Krit. 45b; Plat. Phaidr. 242b; Xen. mem. 1,2,48; 3,11,17), zusammen mit seinem Gefährten Kebes Hauptgesprächspartner des Sokrates in Platons

Sokratiker

(988 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus
[English version] Als S. werden in einem weiten Sinn alle jene bezeichnet, die den erh. Zeugnissen zufolge in näherer Beziehung zu Sokrates [2] (469-399 v. Chr.) standen, im engeren Sinn diejenigen von ihnen, die nachweislich philos. Schriften verfaßten, also Aischines [1], Antisthenes [1], Aristippos [3], Eukleides [2], Phaidon, Platon [1] und Xenophon. Über die persönlichen Beziehungen dieser S. einerseits zu Sokrates und andererseits untereinander wird in den erh. ant. Quellen mancherlei berich…

Stilpon

(413 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus

Phaenarete

(88 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Φαιναρέτη; Phainarétē). Mother of Patrocles from her first marriage, to Chaeredemus (Pl. Euthyd. 297e) and of Socrates from her second marriage, to Sophroniscus. In Pl. Tht. 148e-151d, Socrates explains that his mother was a midwife, and he equates his deeds with hers. It is not impossible that Plato invented the profession of P. for the sake of this metaphor, after which it became included as a 'fact' into the Socrates legend.…

Alexinus

(186 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)

Pasiphon

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Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Πασιφῶν; Pasiphôn), son of Lucianus, an 'Eretrian' (Elis and Eretria, School of), probably lived in the 1st half of the 3rd cent. BC. One of P.'s dialogues contained comments on Nicias [1] (Plut. Nicias 4,2). According toPersaeus [2] and Favorinus, P. was the true author of works commonly attributed to others (Aeschines [1], Antisthenes [1], Diogenes [14] of Sinope) (Diog. Laert. 2,61; 6,73).…

Cleinomachus

(100 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Κλεινόμαχος; Kleinómachos) of Thurii, student of  Euclides [2] of Megara,  Megarian School. According to Diog. Laert. 2,112, C. was the first to write ‘on statements and predicates and such matters’ (περὶ ἀξιωμάτων καὶ κατηγορημάτων καὶ τῶν τοιούτων). This comment hints at contributions to the development of dialectics that are greater than we can presently perceive. In any case, after C. some ancient historians of philosophy called the Megarian School the  ‘Dialectics’ (Diog. Lae…

Megarian School

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Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Μεγαρικοί; Megarikoí). This word designates those philosophers belonging to the tradition of Socrates' pupil Euclides [2], whose home town was Megara. How much they had in common, beyond being pupils of Euclides, is hard to say. It seems…

Stilpo

(448 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Στίλπων/ Stílpōn) from Megara (Megarian School); second half of the 4th and first third of the 3rd cent. BC. Since the information about his teachers is confusing, it remains unclear how S. fits into the sequence of Megarians. His character is repeatedly praised in the surviving sources. Emphasis is placed on his simple unaffected nature and his open confident manner in dealings with others; numerous anecdotes document his ready wit and his superior sense of humour. His skill at d…

Paraebates

(41 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Παραιβάτης/ Paraibátēs). Cyrenaic who lived towards the end of the 4th cent. BC. Teacher of Anniceris, Hegesias [1] and Menedemus [5] of Eretria who is said to later have despised him (Diog. Laert. 2,86; 2,134). Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)

Socratics

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Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] The term 'Socratics' refers in a broad sense to all of those who, according to surviving evidence, had a close relationship to Socrates [2] (469-399 BC). In a narrower sense, it is limited to those known to have written philosophical works: Aeschines [1], Antisthenes [1], Aristippus [3], Euclides [2], Phaedo, Plato [1] and Xenophon. Ancient sources tell us a great deal about the personal relationships of these Socratics, both with Socrates and among themselves. Some is evidently b…

Panthoedes

(39 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Πανθοίδης/ Panthoídēs). Dialectician, c. 280 BC, teacher of the Peripatetic Lycon [4], author of a piece On Amphibologies (Diog. Laert. 5,68; 7,193). P. contested the conclusiveness of Diodorus's [4] "Master Argument" (Epict. Dissertationes 2,19,5). Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)

Cebes

(238 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] (Κέβης; Kébēs) from Thebes. Friend of Socrates (Pl. Crit. 45b; Xen. Mem. 1,2,48; 3,11,17); together with his companion Simmias  Socrates' main interlocutor in Plato's ‘Phaedon’. According to Pl. Phd. 61d-e, before coming to Athens C. met the Pythagorean  Philolaus in Thebes, but was himself not a Pythagorean [1]. In Diog. Laert. 2,125 three dialo…

Ichthyas

(71 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)

Elis and Eretria, School of

(173 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] A construct of both ancient and modern historians of philosophy, based on the following facts: Hellenistic historians of philosophy grouped together  Phaedon of Elis and his disciples and their disciples as the School of Elis (Ἠλιακὴ αἵρε…

Simmias

(168 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
(Σιμμίας). [German version] [1] S. from Thebes Friend of Socrates, 5th cent. BC Friend of Socrates [2] (Plat. Crit. 45b; Plat. Phdr. 242b; Xen. Mem. 1,2,48; 3,11,17); he and his companion Cebes were Socrates' main interlocutors in Plato's Phaídōn. According to Plat. Phd. 61de, before his stay in Athens S. met the Pythagorean Philolaus [2] in Thebes, but he himself was not a Pythagorean [1]. Plutarchus [2] has the conversation which is central to his work The Daimonion of Socrates (Περὶ τοῦ Σωκράτους δαιμονίου/Perì toû Sōkrátous daimoníou) take place in Thebes at the house of S., …

Letters of Socrates and of the Socratics

(534 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] Transmitted in nine MSS from the period 1269/70 to the beginning of the 17th cent. are seven letters of Socrates [2] and 20 of …

Maieutic method

(164 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg)
[German version] from the Greek μαιευτική ( maieutikḗ, sc. téchnē), ‘midwifery. In Plato's dialogue Theaetetus (148e-151d) Socrates compares his ability to recognize whether or not hidden wisdom lies dormant in others, and to help them if necessary to bring it to light, with the craft of his mother, the midwife (
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