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Heraclitean letters (Ps.)
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A corpus of nine pseudo-epigraphic letters of the 1st cent. and the 1st half of the 2nd cent. AD, of which two were attributed to the Persian King  Darius [1] and seven to the philosopher  Heraclitus. The topics are political. The first two letters are also recorded by Diog. Laert. 9,13-14. The four letters to  Hermodorus (4; 7-9) are about the addressee's exile, as is the preceding letter 3, in which Darius accuses the Ephesians of having sent the best man in all Ionia into exile. Thus, in letter 4 Heraclitus attempts to comfort his friend, who is living in exile, by…

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Goulet-Cazé, Marie-Odile (Antony), “Heraclitean letters (Ps.)”, 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 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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