), a philosopher of the Dialectic or Megarian school and a disciple of Eubulides [EUCLEIDES
], from his eristic propensities facetiously named Ἐλεγξῖνος
, who lived about the beginning of the third century before Christ.
He was a native of Elis, and a contemporary of Zeno. From Elis he went to Olympia, in the vain hope, it is said, of founding a sect which might be called the Olympian; but his disciples soon became disgusted with the unhealthiness of the place and their scanty means of subsistence, and left him with a single attendant. None of his doctrines have been preserved to us, but from the brief mention made of him by Cicero (Cic. Ac. 2.24
), he seems to have dealt in sophistical puzzles, like the rest of his sect. Athenaeus (xv. p. 696e.) mentions a paean which he wrote in honour of Craterus, the Macedonian, and which was sung at Delphi to the sound of the lyre. Alexinus also wrote against Zeno, whose professed antagonist he was, and against Ephorus the historian. Diogenes Laertius has preserved some lines on his death, which was occasioned by his being pierced with a reed while swimming in the Alpheus. (D. L. 2.109