ASCLEPIADES OF TRALLES (Greek ’Ασκληπια δης, Latin Asclepius)—a neo- Platonic philosopher from the sixth century AD who used an eclectic synthesis of the views of various authors.

Asclepiades came from Tralles in Lydia. He was a student of Ammonius. He undertook the task of connecting Aristotle’s and Plato’s thought. He wrote a commentary (lacking in originality) on the first seven books of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. The commentary contained many references to Aristotelian and Platonic solutions. Asclepiades was also the author of a lost commentary on the Introduction to Arithmetic by Nichomachus of Geraza. Most of Asclepiades’ works that we know from their being mentioned were never published.

S. Champier, Commentarium in Diffinitiones Asclepii cum textu eiusdem, AP (1960), 248–289; L. G. Westerink, Deux commentaires sur Nicomaque: Asclepius et Jean Philopon, Revue études grecques 77 (1964), 526–535.

Jacek Banaś

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