Asclepiodotus (philosopher)

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Asclepiodotus Tacticus (Greek: Ἀσκληπιόδοτος; fl. 1st century BC) was a Greek writer and philosopher, and a pupil of Posidonius.[1] According to Seneca, he wrote a work entitled Quaestionum Naturalium Causae.[1]

A short work on military tactics survives. He is one of the earliest military writers whose studies on tactics have come down to us. He was not striped[clarification needed] in the Helian[clarification needed] nor Arrian's lists of tacticians, but in the earliest manuscript of the Tactics (Téchne taktiké), the work is attributed to Asclepiodotus.[citation needed] Tactics describes the workings of the Macedonian phalanx.


  1. ^ a b Seneca, Naturales Quaestiones, vi. 17, 22

Further reading[edit]

  • Aeneas Tactitus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander, translated by Illinois Greek Club, Loeb Classical Library, 1923, ISBN 0-674-99172-9.

Offsite links[edit]

  • Asclepiodotus (complete text of the English translation, from the Loeb edition)
  • Asclepiodotus (complete Greek text from the Loeb edition)