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Zenobios (1088)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Zenobius: Genethliakos on Hadrian (1088)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Zenobius, whose collection of proverbs is still extant in an abridged version1, is dated to Hadrianic times by his Genethliakos on Hadrian, which is completely lost. As is shown by its title, the speech was composed on th…

Nikandros of Alexandria (1112)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Nicander of Alexandria: On Aristotle's Disciples (1112)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay The obscure Nicander of Alexandria1, author of a work On Aristotle’s Disciples, might be an entirely fictitious person2. It is quite likely that our information on him goes back to the Καινὴ ἱστορία of the paradoxograph…

Megakles (1073)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Megacles: On Famous Men (1073)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Regarding his name and work, Megacles1 is most probably to be dated to Imperial times. At Athens, for instance, the name M. is mainly attested in the Classic period, and after a large gap reappears in the 2nd century a.d.2, when clas…

Aelius Serenus (1082)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Aelius Serenus: Epitome of Philo (1082)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay The antiquarian Aelius Serenus lived at the earliest in the 2nd century a.d. 1 A certain terminus post quem is provided by Philo (1060), whose books he epitomized, a terminus ante quem by Orus, who seems to have used S.s epitomes2. If he is i…

Ischomachos (1058)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Isomachus: On the School of Hippocrates (1058)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Ischomachus of Bithynia can be roughly dated to the period of the 1st cent. b.c.–1st cent. a.d. 1 His work suggests that he was a physician. A firm terminus ante quem is provided by Erotianus, the Neronian phys…

Phanokritos (1114)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Phanocritus: On Eudoxus (1114)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Phanocritus, who is said to have written on Eudoxus of Cnidus (~ 391-338 b.c.), remains only a name to us1. Perhaps his work was a biography. In this case, however, it is difficult to see how the statement that Plato2 liked figs and Arcesilaus (~ 3…

Herakleides (1108)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Heraclides: Life of Archimedes (1108)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Heraclides, author of a Life of Archimedes, may be identical with the H. whom Archimedes used as a courier to carry some of his books to Dositheus1. In this case he should be dated to the end of the 3rd century b.c. The idea that H. was a pupil…

Theoxenos (1115)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Theoxenus: On Anacharsis (?) (1115)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Theoxenos, who is said to have written on Anacharsis or the Seven Sages, is obscure. Perhaps he has been invented as an authority by Lucian1. The tradition that Anacharsis was a philhellenist pervades Lucian’s entire dialogue2, and the …

Timokrates of Herakleia? (1059)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= 563] Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Timocrates of Heraklea (?): Dion (1059)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Although Timocrates is difficult to identify, it is likely that he belongs to the Imperial period. A terminus post quem seems to be provided by Stoic Apollonius of Tyrus, who lived in the first century b.c. 1. T.s work Dion may have be…

Aspasios of Byblos (1086)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= 792] Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Aspasius of Byblus: Encomium on Hadrian (1086)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Aspasius of Byblus1 can be dated roughly to the 2nd century a.d. The name Aspasius is quite rare except in Byblus, where we find two other Aspasii mentioned in inscriptions2. If the Suda is correct in making him contem…

Timotheos of Pergamon (1117)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Timotheus of Pergamum: On the Bravery of Philosophers (1117)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay It is an unsolved question whether Timotheus of Pergamum should be identified with T. of Athens (1079). In view of the different titles of the works, it is perhaps bette…

Nikolaos of Damaskos (1054)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “[Nicolaus von Damascus: Life of Augustus (1054)]." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. About This Historian Historian: Nikolaos of Damaskos Jacoby number: 1054 Attested works: Historian's date: Historical focus: IV. Antiquarian History and Biography ( ) | A. Biography | 7. Imperial and Undated Authors Place of origin: unknown Radicke, Jan

Dionysios of Ephesos (1104)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Dionysius of Ephesus: Record of Physicians (1104)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Dionysius’ common name makes a plausible identification with any of his namesakes impossible1. A terminus post quem is the middle of the 3rd century B.C. Since he wrote a Record of Physicians, he might have been a physician …

Oinomaos of Gadara (1070)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Oenomaus of Gadara: On Crates and Diogenes (?) (1070)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Oenomaus of Gadara is one of the main exponents of Cynicism in Imperial times1. The dating of his life causes some difficulties, since he is variously said to have lived either in the 2nd (T 1) or the 3rd cent. a.d. …

Hipparchos (1109)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Hipparchus: On Democritus (?) (1109)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Hipparchus remains unknown1. We are given neither his birthplace nor the title of any of his works. Hence it is uncertain whether he should be regarded as an author at all. In fact, there is some room for d…

Onetor (1113)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Onetor: On Stilpon (?) (1113)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Onetor, who is quoted for some biographical data on Plato and Stilpon, remains an obscure figure1. His literary profile may suggest that he should be dated to the 1st-2nd century a.d. The attribution of the fragments causes so…

Telephos of Pergamon (1071)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= 505] Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Telephus of Pergamum: On the Kings of Pergamum. Lives of Tragic and of Comic Poets (1071)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Telephus of Pergamum1, whose name recalls the local hero Telephus2, was born in the eighties or nineties of the 1st century a.d. and, according to Galenus (T 3), lived to be …

Amyntianos (1072)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= FGrHist 150] Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Amyntianus: Parallel Lives. On Alexander. On Olympias (1072)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Amyntianus can securely be dated to the times of the Antonine Emperors. He wrote a book On Alexander, which was either a biography, monograph or an encomium1, and dedicated it to the Emperor Marcu…

Agreophon (1081)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Agreophon: On Namesakes (1081)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay The form of the name “Agreophon” has been rightly restored from the manuscripts’ “Agresphon”, which has no parallel1. The name is quite rare, though it is attested in Asia Minor and Egypt2. A. can be dated roughly to Late Antiquity. He wrote a book On N…

Helladios of Alexandria (1092)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Helladius of Alexandria: Praise of Theodosius the Emperor (1092)." Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Helladius of Alexandria1, grammarian and priest of Zeus, took part in the bloody encounters between pagans and Christians, when Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria, closed the pagan sanctuaries in a.d. 391. Kill…
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