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Terpsion (Greek: Τερψίων, gen.: Τερψίωνος; fl. 5th–4th century BCE) of Megara, was one of the disciples of Socrates.[1] According to Plato, he was present at the death of Socrates.[2] He appears in the prologue of Plato's Theaetetus as a friend of Euclid of Megara.[3] Plutarch also refers to him.[4]

Athenaeus mentions a Terpsion as the first author of a Gastronomy,[5] giving advice as to the food from which it was advisable to abstain. A proverb of his is recorded: "eat now a tortoise's flesh or leave it alone", of which Athenaeus preserves more than one reading.[6]

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  1. ^ Suda, Socrates
  2. ^ Plato, Phaedo, 59c
  3. ^ Plato, Wikisource-logo.svg Theaetetus.
  4. ^ Plutarch, de Gen. Socr.
  5. ^ Athenaeus, viii. 337
  6. ^ Athenaeus, viii. 337; cf. Suda, η85