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The Ionian philosopher  Heraclitus [1] was considered one of the ‘scattered’ (οἱ σποράδην; oi sporádēn) philosophers in antiquity, i.e. as one who had no place in the successive sequences of teachers and students.

Tradition mentions no students in the strict sense but speaks of followers of Heraclitus. A Heraclitean could be anyone who was philosophically dependent on Heraclitus in some manner (cf.  Democriteans). Some of the ‘Heraclitizing’ thinkers (Ἡρακλειτίζοντες; Hērakleitízontes), of whom  Cratylus is usually the only one named, seem to have car…

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Betegh, Gábor (Budapest), “Heracliteans”, 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 16 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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