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English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Michele Corradi and published on 02/04/2020. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Praxiphanes | Πραξιφάνης Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP Place of Origin: Mitylene Date: 4th/3rd c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: A Peripatetic philosopher and grammarian and the son of Dionysiphanes (
IG 11, 4, 613) or Dionysophanes (Clem.
Str. 1, 16, 79, 3), Praxiphanes was, according to some sources (Clem.
V. Arati 3, p. 16, 11–16 Martin), a native of Mitylene or, according to others (Strab. 14, 2, 13; Epiph.
Haer. 3, 34), of Rhodes: this discrepancy can be resolved by hypothesizing that Praxiphanes was born at Mitylene and then was active especially at Rhodes (cf. Wehrli 19692, p. 93). He was a student of Theophrastus1 (ἑταῖρος in Procl.
in Tim. 1, 5c and μαθητής in Procl.
in Hes. proleg. Ac, p. 2, 7–14 Pertusi and Tz.
Sch. Hes. 1) with whom, depending on the testimony of Epiphanius2 (
Haer. 3, 34), he maintained close doctrinal ties (perhaps in the area of physics: we do not have, however, other
testimonia about the presence of this discipline among the interest…