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2. An historian who, according to Suidas, was a native of Oxyrhinchis in Egypt, while Diogenes Laertius (5.94) calls him a Callatian, or Alexandrian. He lived in the reign of Ptolemy Philopator.



Heracleides wrote a great work, entitled ἱστορίαι, of which the thirty-seventh book is quoted (Athen. 3.98, xiii. p. 578).


another, under the title διαδοχή, in six books (Diog. Laert. l.c.), which was probably of the same kind, if not identical with his ἐπιτομὴ τῶν Σωτίωνος διαδοχῶν. (D. L. 5.79.)

Abridgement of the Biographical Work of Satyrus

He further made an abridgement of the biographical work of Satyrus (D. L. 8.40, 9.25).

Λεμβυτυκὸς λόγος

Heracleides wrote a work called Λεμβυτυκὸς λόγος, from which he received the nickname of Λέμβος. (D. L. 5.94; Phot. Bibl. Cod. 213.)

Issues with names

He is often called, after his father, Heracleides, the son of Serapion, and, under this name, Suidas attributes to him also philosophical works. It is not impossible that he may be the same as the Heracleides who is mentioned by Eutocius, in his commentary on Archimedes, as the author of a life of that great mathematician.

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