Megara and ‘the Megarians’: a City and its Philosophical School


  • Matthias Haake, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster


From the late Classical to the early Hellenistic period, Megara was a vibrant centre of philosophy. The school of the so-called Megarians drew its name from the city. This paper examines the philosophical school and its leading members, Eukleides, Ichthyas, and Stilpo. The discussion of the school in the localscape of the city illustrates how ‘the Megarians’, although not necessarily united by common thought paradigms or intellectual approaches, played an integral role in the identity of place at Megara.