Themista of Lampsacus

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Themista of Lampsacus (Greek: Θεμίστη), the wife of Leonteus, was a student of Epicurus, early in the 3rd century BC.[1] Epicurus' school was unusual in the 3rd century, in that it allowed women to attend, and we also hear of Leontion attending Epicurus' school around the same time. Cicero ridicules Epicurus for writing "countless volumes in praise of Themista," instead of more worthy men such as Miltiades, Themistocles or Epaminondas.[2] Themista and Leonteus named their son Epicurus.[3]

Bernard Frischer and Pamela Gordon (2012) argues that a vatican statue of Sain Hyppolitus has the lower body in the form of a female epicurean leader, may be Themista or les probable Leontion. This is the statue()


  1. ^ Diogenes Laertius, x. 25, 26
  2. ^ Cicero, De Finibus, 2. 21. 68
  3. ^ Diogenes Laertius, x. 26


  • Diogenes Laertius, 10. 5, 25, 26
  • Lactantius, Divine Institutes, 3. 25. 15
  • Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, 4. 121. 4
  • Cicero, In Pisonem, 26. 63; De Finibus, 2. 21. 68