Abderite


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Ab`de´rite


n.1.An inhabitant of Abdera, in Thrace.
The Abderite
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher.
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of arms and legs, purple, scarlet, black and glitter" gradually fading from his "captured" eyes, his senses discover the "unexpected pleasure" of being at peace: "Not the numb peace of their own suspension, but the positive peace that comes when the somethings give way, or simply add up, to the Nothing, than which in the guffaw of the Abderite nothing is more real" (138).
11) Beckett would specifically refer to the pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus of Abdera as early as his first published novel Murphy (1938), where "in the guffaw of the Abderite naught is more real" (Murphy 246).
246: "the Nothing, than which in the guffaw of the Abderite naught is more real.
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c460 - c370 bc ) A philosopher, also called the Abderite and, from his cheerful disposition, the Laughing Philosopher.
Another historian, Livy, records that in 170 BC, after the praetor Lucius Hortensius had launched an unprovoked assault on the city of Abdera, beheaded its leaders, and sold the remaining inhabitants into slavery, "The Senate regarded this as a disgraceful proceeding and they made the same decree in the case of the Abderites that they had made the previous year in the case of the Coronaeans," namely "that the Senate considered the attack upon Abdera as utterly unjustifiable, and demanded that search should be made for all who were enslaved in order that they might be set free.