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(Σπεύσιππος/Speúsippos), c. 410-339/8 BC

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A. Life Academic philosopher, c. 410-339/8 BC

Academic philosopher, son of Plato's sister Potone, who succeeded his uncle as scholarch of the Academy (from 348/7 BC, the year of Plato's [1] death; Academy), without having been appointed by means of an official election; the family relationship may have been the decisive factor. A fundamental organisational innovation in the Academy is linked to his name: …

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Stanzel, Karl-Heinz (Tübingen), “Speusippus”, 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 30 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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