Greek philosopher who became head, or scholarch, of the Greek Academy after the death in 347 BC of Plato, who had founded it in 387. A nephew and disciple of Plato, Speusippus accompanied him on his journey to Sicily in 361. He was also a partisan in his uncle's relations with political rulers, including Dionysius II of Syracuse

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