Basilides the Epicurean

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Basilides (or Basileides, Greek: Βασιλείδης; c. 250-c. 175 BC[1]) was an Epicurean philosopher, who succeeded Dionysius of Lamptrai[2] as the head of the Epicurean school at Athens c. 205 BC. It is not certain who succeeded Basilides: Apollodorus is the next Epicurean leader we can be certain about, but there may have been at least one intermediate leader, and the name Thespis has been suggested.[3]


  1. ^ Dorandi 1999, p. 52.
  2. ^ Laërtius 1925, § 25.
  3. ^ Dorandi 1999, p. 45.