Pausanias of Sicily

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Pausanias (Greek: Παυσανίας; fl. 5th century BC) was a native of Sicily who belonged to the family of the Asclepiadae, and whose father's name was Anchitus. He was a physician, and an eromenos[1] of the philosopher Empedocles, who dedicated to him his poem On Nature.[2] There is extant a Greek epigram on this Pausanias, which the Greek Anthology attributes to Simonides,[3] but Diogenes Laërtius to Empedocles.[4] These two sources also differ as to whether he was born, or buried, at Gela in Sicily.


  1. ^ Diogenes Laërtius, viii. 60: "Pausanias, according to Aristippus and Satyrus, was his eromenos"
  2. ^ Diogenes Laërtius, viii. 60; Suda, Apnous; Galen, De Meth. Med. i. 1. vol. x.
  3. ^ Greek Anthology, vii. 508
  4. ^ Diogenes Laërtius, viii. 61