From Chapter VIII., The Younger Eleatics
I. ZENO OF ELEA
155. Life of Zeno
Like Parmenides, Zeno played a part in the politics of his native city. Strabo, no doubt on the authority
of Timaios, ascribes to him some share of the credit for the good government of Elea, and says that he
was a Pythagorean.5 This statement can easily be explained. Parmenides, we have seen, was originally
a Pythagorean, and the school of Elea was naturally regarded as a mere branch of the larger society.
We hear also that Zeno conspired against a tyrant, whose name is differently given, and the story of his
courage under torture is often repeated, though with varying details.6
1. Diog. ix. 29 (R. P. 13o a). Apollodoros is not expressly referred to for Zeno's date; but, as he is quoted for his father's name (ix. 25; R. P. 130), there can be no doubt that he is also the source of the floruit.
2. Plato, Parm. 127 b (R. P. iii d). The visit of Zeno to Athens is confirmed by Plut. Per. 4. (R. P. 130 e), where we are told that Perikles "heard" him as well as Anaxagoras. It is also alluded to in Alc. 1. 119 a, where we are told that Pythodoros, son of Isolochos, and Kallias, son of Kalliades, each paid him 100 minae for instruction.
3. Plato, Soph. 241 d (R. P. 130 a).
4. Plato, Parm., loc. cit.
5. Strabo, vi. p. 252 (R. P. 111 c).
6. Diog. ix. 26, 27, and the other passages referred to in R. P. 130 c. The original of the account given in the tenth book of Diodoros is doubtless Timaios.
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