Talk:Heraclides Ponticus

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Quote: Speusippus, before his death in 339 BCE, had chosen Xenocrates as his successor but Xenocrates narrowly triumphed in an ensuing election against Heraclides and Menedemus

Who was chosen and who triumphed? If Xenocrates was chosen as successor and also triumphed in the election, the word but seems out of place.


Quote: A punning on his name, dubbing him Heraclides "Pompicus," suggests he may have been a rather vain and pompous man and the target of much ridicule.

I read somewhere else that the pun was actually "Pompikos" meaning stately and magnificent. This conveys a very different meaning. Which was is correct? Were they both used. On a more general note, is this informatin important enough to include in the entry.

192.117.103.141 13:28, 11 Apr 2005 (UTC)

City Dionysia[edit]

According to this page a Herakleides won first prize in tragedy at the Dionysia. That page redirects here. Is it the same guy? -- Walt Pohl (talk) 11:36, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

East to West or West to East?[edit]

The articles says:

He is best remembered for proposing that the earth rotates on its axis, from east to west, once every 24 hours

But the earth rotates west to east (i.e. east sees sunlight first). (This isn't just me, I'm third in a mail chain about this, so I've got two people who support me on this). I can't find the reference but I can't believe HP would have made such an obvious error. So I've decided to "be bold", assumed the original editor transcribed it wrongly from the reference, and change it to say west to east. Adpete (talk) 06:39, 24 August 2011 (UTC)