Speusippus Analysis

Life

(Literature and the Ancient World, Critical Edition)

Speusippus (spyew-SIHP-uhs), an Athenian, was the son of Eurymedon and Plato’s sister Potone. He probably entered Plato’s Academy when it was founded and is known to have traveled with Plato to Sicily in 361 b.c.e. After Plato’s death, he became head of the Academy, a position he held until his own death. Little else is known about his life.