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English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Carla Castelli and published on 04/04/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Sopater  | Σώπατρος Identity: Pauly-Wissowa Place of Origin: Apamea Date: 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Sopater of Apamea was a sophist and philosopher1 according to the
Suda (σ 845), which states that he was the successor of Plotinus2 after Porphyry3 and Iamblichus4. He was the most important Neoplatonic5 philosopher of his time (
Sud.π 1811; cf. also Eunap.
VS. 5 1, 5 and 6, 2 Giangrande = 5.5 and 6.7-18.31 Goulet; Iul.
epist. 98, 401b–c; Soz. 1, 5, 1–5, cf. Jones – Martindale – Morris 1971, p. 846; Goulet 2014, pp. 568-570). Very close to Constantine6, he acted as τελεστής at the foundation of Constantinople (Lyd.
Mens. 4, 2), but he was later condemned to death by the same emperor following a court plot begun by Ablabius7 (Eunap.
VS 6, 2–3 Giangrande = 6,9 Goulet; Zos. 40, 3; cf. Soz. 1, 5, 1–5 and
Sud. σ 845; on the differen…