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date: 01 March 2021

Lycolocked

, c. 300/298–c. 226/224 BCE
  • John Glucker
  •  and Robert Sharples

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Lyco (c. 300/298–c. 226/4 bce), son of Astyanax of Troas, pupil of *Straton (1) of Lampsacus and his successor as head of the *Peripatetic school, which he directed for 44 years. The sources for his life, mostly derived from a lost biography by *Antigonus (4) of Carystus, show that he was a man of the world, a friend of kings and statesmen, a benefactor of the people, a lover of pleasure and luxury of all kinds—everything but a great philosopher or scientist like his predecessors. He was a fluent and interesting speaker, but had little to teach (Cicero, Fin. 5. 13, calls him ‘rich in eloquence, but rather lacking in content’), and with him began a long period of decline in the history of the Peripatetic school. Only a few fragments of his writings have survived.

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