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Headword: Ἡρακλείδης
Adler number: eta,461
Translated headword: Herakleides, Heracleides, Heraclides
Vetting Status: high
Son of Euphron, from Heracleia in Pontus,[1] descended from Damis, one of those who led the colony from Thebes to Heracleia, and a student of Plato. When Plato traveled to Sicily to found a school, [H.] was left behind there by him.[2]
This man also raised and tamed a snake and dined with it and slept with it. [The snake] alone was found on his couch, though Herakleides had lain down on it healthy, but then was found no more. Some thought he had attained immortality, others that he had thrown himself down a well, so that it would seem to people that he had attained immortality. He wrote a lot.
Greek Original:
Ἡρακλείδης, Εὔφρονος, φιλόσοφος, Ἡρακλείας τῆς Πόντου, τὸ δὲ γένος ἄνωθεν ἀπὸ Δάμιδος, ἑνὸς τῶν ἡγησαμένων τῆς εἰς Ἡράκλειαν ἐκ Θηβῶν ἀποικίας, Πλάτωνος γνώριμος: ἐκδημήσαντος δὲ Πλάτωνος εἰς Σικελίαν, προεστάναι τῆς σχολῆς κατελείφθη ὑπ' αὐτοῦ. οὗτος καὶ δράκοντα ἔθρεψε καὶ ἡμέρωσε καὶ εἶχε συνδιαιτώμενον αὐτῷ καὶ συγκαθεύδοντα: ὃς καὶ μόνος ἐπὶ τῆς κλίνης εὑρέθη, τοῦ Ἡρακλείδου κατακλιθέντος μὲν ὑγιοῦς, οὐχ εὑρεθέντος δέ. καὶ ἄλλοι μὲν αὐτὸν ἀπηθανατείσθαι ἐνόμισαν, ἄλλοι δὲ ἐν φρέατι αὑτὸν ἐμβεβληκέναι, ὡς ἂν δόξῃ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις ἀπηθανατείσθαι. ἔγραψε πολλά.
"Heraclides Ponticus", C4 BCE; see generally D.J. Furley in OCD(4) s.v 'Heraclides(1)'. For the present material cf. Diogenes Laertius 5.86, 89-90.
[1] For this city, founded c.560 BCE by Boeotian and Megarian settlers, see generally OCD(4) s.v. 'Heraclea(3) Pontica'.
[2] The foregoing is Heraclides 3 Schütrumpf; what follows is 13 Schütrumpf.
H. Gottschalk, Heracleides of Pontus (1980) & E. Schütrumpf, Heraclides of Pontus, Text and Translation (2008)
Keywords: biography; food; geography; history; medicine; philosophy; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 18 November 2003@21:57:45.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and keyword) on 19 November 2003@00:31:56.
David Whitehead (added another headword; augmented notes and keywords; supplied bibiliography; cosmetics) on 19 November 2003@03:33:02.
David Mirhady (updated ref.) on 2 September 2008@18:37:38.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 19 December 2012@03:42:49.
David Whitehead on 19 December 2012@03:50:43.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 3 August 2014@06:09:51.
David Whitehead (adjusted translation, at the prompting of John Granger Cook) on 4 August 2014@11:30:09.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2016@08:09:45.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 12 September 2018@17:21:46.


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