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Born: 2XX AD
Currently alive.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Philosopher


3 BC - Menippus, of Gadara in Coele-Syria, Greek cynic and satirist.

         - He was originally a slave, amassed a fortune as a money-lender, lost it, and committed suicide through grief.

         - His works are all lost. He discussed serious subjects in a spirit of raillery, and especially delighted in attacking the Epicureans and Stoics.

         - It is well known that the Menippean satires of M. Terentius Varro, the fragments of which give an idea of this kind of composition, were called after Menippus of Gadara.


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