Lysis of Taras

Philosopher, Deceased Person

– 1969


Who was Lysis of Taras?

Lysis of Taras was a Greek philosopher. His life is obscure. He was said to have been a friend and disciple of Pythagoras. After the persecution of the Pythagoreans at Croton and Metapontum he escaped and went to Thebes, where he became the teacher of Epaminondas, by whom he was held in the highest esteem. There are, however, serious chronological difficulties with him being both a disciple of Pythagoras and the teacher of Epaminondas.

Lysis was credited as the actual author of a work which was attributed to Pythagoras himself. Diogenes Laƫrtius quotes from an undoubtedly spurious letter from Lysis to Hippasus as an authority for some statements concerning Damo.

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Lived in
  • Taranto
Dec 31, 1969

on July 23, 2013


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