Metrodorus of Lampsacus was one of the most significant figures of the
first generation of Epicureans. In this paper, all the passages from Plutarch’s works that
contain information about Metrodorus are examined in detail. For methodological
reasons, we first briefly deal with Metrodorus’ philosophical position, since this enables
us to evaluate the details of Metrodorus’ life against the background of his theoretical
convictions (thus taking into account the ancients’ own concern for consistency). The
second part of the paper then focuses on biographical data (Metrodorus’ illness, his
‘marriage’, his quarrel with his brother Timocrates, and his friendship with Mithres).