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City of southern Italy (area 11).
Elea is famous for the philosophical "school" that bears his name, the Eleatics, whose first and foremost member was Parmenides, followed by his disciple Zeno. Both are staged by Plato in the Parmenides, and it is an citizen from Elea who takes over Socrates' leading role in the Sophist and Statesman to commit the liberating "parricide" in thought of Parmenides and introduce true dialectic.