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Cretan religious figure, of whom many legends and miracles have been reported (FGrH 457 T 1-11). He lived to be 154, 157, or 299 years old, of which he supposedly spent 40 or 50 years as a young man asleep in a grotto of the nymphs (nourished by special food which he kept in the hoof of an ox). His soul could leave the body and then return if it desired. He also claimed to have lived several lives (FGrH 457 T 1; 2; 4d). He shares several of these qualities (migration of the soul, reincarnation) with other archaic sages, e.g.  Hermotimus of Clazomenae and  Pythagoras, who are regarded…

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Parker, Robert (Oxford), “Epimenides”, 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 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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