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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…

Soterichos of Oasis (1080)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= 641] Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Soterichus of Oasis: Life of Apollonius of Tyana. Encomium on Diocletian (1080)." 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 Soterichus of Oasis, characterized as an epic poet by the Suda, lived in the late 3rd century a.d. His date depends on his Encomium on Diocletian, which was probably a piece of court poet…

FGrHist IV.A.7: Preface (preface_7)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
When Jacoby died in 1959, his admirable Fragmente der Griechischen Histonker were left behind unfinished. Although Jacoby had published the enormous number of 856 authors, he nonetheless quite resignedly regarded his work as a mere “torso”1, and had indeed only completed half of the categories he had outlined in the ambitious preface to his first volume in 19232. Among the parts not finished were the Antiquarische Geschichte und Biographie, which Jacoby had planned to be the fourth main part of his work. In 1991 the completion of the missing part IV was taken in…

Timotheos of Athens (1079)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Timotheus of Athens: On Lives (1079)." 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 Timotheus of Athens cannot be dated with certainty1. It seems to me that he is best placed in the Imperial period2. The quotations Diogenes gives from his work are all quite short. They are contained …

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…

Zenobios (1088)

(502 words)

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…

Diodoros of Ephesos (1102)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Diodorus of Ephesus: On Anaximander (?) (1102)." 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 Diodorus of Ephesus remains obscure. As the text stands, it seems to suggest that D. wrote a biography on Anaximander1. Yet there is some serious doubt about it. D. is quoted with the unique remark that Empedocles (~ 483-423 b.c.) imit…

Apollodoros the Mathematician (1097)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Apollodorus: On Pythagoras (?) (1097)." 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 Apollodorus the mathematician has been identified with the equally obscure A. of Cyzicus, who is quoted by Diogenes on the friendship of the Pythagorean Philolaus and Democritus1, on the basis that Cyzicus was associated with …

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. …

Apollonios of Tyana (1064)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
First published online in August 2011.Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Apollonius of Tyana: Life of Pythagoras (1064)." 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 Apollonius of Tyana is more a figure of legend and lore than of history. Thus, talking about his life involves separating different layers of tradition rather than writing a continuous vita1. T…
Date: 2018-11-01

Eurypylos (1107)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Eurypylus: On Euaeon of Lampsacus (?) (1107)." 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 Eurypylus1 remains obscure. He might be identical with E. of Cos, the pupil of Crantor († 276/275 b.c.), who is mentioned by Philodemus in his Index Academicorum 2. The name E., which is quite rare, would point to the island…

Damis of Niniveh? (1065)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Damis of Niniveh (?): On Apollonius (1065)." 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 Philostratus says in his Life of Apollonius that his account of Apollonius’ travels is mainly based on the Memoirs of Apollonius written by Apollonius’ pupil Damis of Niniveh (T 1). He introduces him into the narrative i…

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 …

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 …

Orion (1093)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Orion: Encomium on the Emperor Hadrian (1093)." 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 evidence on Orion of Alexandria, author of an Encomium on Hadrian, poses some difficulties. The problem hinges on how to interpret the two respective entries in the Suda, the question being…

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…

Hermippos of Berytos (1061)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Hermippus of Berytus: On Slaves Prominent in Learning (1061)." 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 Hermippus of Berytus flourished during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. He was born in a village near Berytus, and was a pupil of Philo of Byblus (1060), who acquainted him with his patron Herennius Severus1. H. was pr…

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

Moiragenes (1067)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Moeragenes: Memoirs of Apollonius (1067)." 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 Moeragenes, author of a biography of Apollonius in four books (T 1), remains an obscure figure. He can be dated roughly to the 1st — 2nd century a.d. He is possibly to be identified with M. of Athens, who is mentioned by Plutarch in his Quaestio…

Apion of Oasis/Alexandria (1057)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
[= 616] First published online in August 2011.Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Apion: Biographies (?) (1057)." 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 Apion1, nicknamed Plistonices or Mochthus 2, belongs to the celebrated grammarians of the Julio-Claudian times. Born in Egyptian Oasis (El Kargeh), he lived afte…
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