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Isaios

(741 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ἰσαῖος). [English version] [1] att. Redner, 4. Jh. v. Chr. Att. Logograph etwa der 1. H. des 4. Jh. v.Chr., Sohn des Diagoras. Spärliche Informationen über sein Leben bieten Viten in den Hss., bei Ps.-Plutarch (mor. 839e-f), Harpokration, Suda und Photios (490a), die aber allesamt von Dion. Hal. De Isaeo und Kaikilios abhängen. Die genauen Lebensdaten sind unbekannt, unter den datierbaren der erhaltenen Reden kann die früheste auf etwa 389, die späteste vielleicht auf 344/3 gesetzt werden. Als Geburtsort…

Rhetorica ad Alexandrum

(386 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] Griech. Lehrbuch der Rhet. im Umfang von etwa 100 mod. Druckseiten, das in den Hss. (keine früher als 14. Jh.) als Schrift des Aristoteles [6] überl. ist, in den ant. Titelverzeichnissen des Corpus Aristotelicum (z. B. bei Diog. Laert. 5,22-27) aber nicht erscheint. Die früheste überl. Zuweisung an Aristoteles findet sich bei Syrianos (in Hermog. commentaria 2 p. 11,17-21 Rabe). Nach Quint. inst. 3,4,9 hat Anaximenes [2] von Lampsakos (2. H. 4. Jh. v. Chr.) in seinem rhet. Lehrbuch ( téchnē) Arten der Rede (εἴδη/ eídē) unterschieden; eben diese Einteilung find…

Demades

(318 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Δημάδης). Redner aus Athen, * um 380 v. Chr., Sohn des Demeas (Demos Paiania), † 319. Neben Erwähnungen bei zeitgenössischen Rednern und epigraphischen Zeugnissen (gesammelt bei [6]) informiert über ihn ein Suda-Artikel. Wie sein Vater war D. zunächst Seemann, wandte sich dann zu einem nicht sicher bestimmbaren Zeitpunkt der Politik zu, zunächst und auch später noch (vgl. [4]) oft im Einvernehmen mit Demosthenes. Nach 338 wurde D. zu einem der Führer der promaked. Partei, erreic…

Alkiphron

(242 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ἀλκίφρων). Attizistischer Autor vermutlich des 2. oder frühen 3. Jh. n. Chr. [5], erwähnt nur bei Aristain. 1,5. 25 und Eust. 762,62. Erh. ist unter seinem Namen eine Sammlung von 122 fiktiven Briefen (z. T. nur Fr.), gegliedert in 1. Fischer-, 2. Bauern-, 3. Parasiten-, 4. Liebesbriefe. Szenarium sämtlicher Briefe ist das zum zeitlosen Ideal verklärte Attika des 4. Jh. Als Vorlage dürfte A. bes. die Neue Komödie benutzt haben [10], Lukian-Imitation ist nicht sicher nachzuweisen…

Aristainetos

(227 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ἀρισταίνετος). Eingebürgerter Name für den Autor einer Sammlung von Liebesbriefen in zwei Büchern, wohl aus dem 1. Viertel des 6. Jh. n. Chr. In Wahrheit heißt A. der Absender des ersten erh. Briefes, aber in der Hs. fehlt am Anfang mindestens ein Folio und damit der wirkliche Name des Autors. A. benutzt als Vorlagen hauptsächlich Platon, Menandros, Lukian, Alkiphron, Philostrat und die Romanautoren sowie Liebeselegien des Kallimachos (Aristain. 1,10. 15), deren Inhalt sich so t…

Libanios

(1,649 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] A. Leben L. aus Antiocheia/Syrien, 314-393 n.Chr., ist der bedeutendste griech. Rhetor der späteren Kaiserzeit. Die wertvollsten biograph. Informationen bietet das Werk des L. selbst, bes. die Briefe, auch die Reden mit autobiograph. Thematik, v.a. or. 1 und 2. Dazu kommen Angaben aus zeitgenössischen Schriften (u.a. von Iulianos [11] und Iohannes [4] Chrysostomos), eine Vita des Eunapios und die wohl im wesentlichen aus letzterer schöpfende byz. Trad. (Zosimos, Zonaras, Suda u.a.). L. wurde 314 als Sohn einer hochangesehenen, dem Stand der decuriones (also d…

Amphikrates

(102 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] Rhetor aus Athen, floh von dort 86 v. Chr. vor den siegreichen Römern zunächst nach Seleukeia, später an den Hof des Tigranes zu dessen Frau Kleopatra, der Tochter des Mithradates. Dort fiel er bald in Ungnade und wählte den freiwilligen Hungertod, erhielt aber ein ehrenvolles Begräbnis (Plut. Luc. 22). A. war Asianer, Ps.-Longinos (de subl. 3,2) stellt ihn in eine Reihe mit Hegesias und Matris und nennt ihn stellvertretend für die den guten Vorbildern (Xenophon) zuwiderlaufende …

Minucianus

(350 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Μινουκιανός; Minoukianόs). [German version] [1] 2nd cent. AD Athenian rhetor, rhetoric teacher and author of rhetoric textbooks Second-cent. AD Athenian rhetor, rhetoric teacher and author of rhetoric textbooks. According to a genealogy in [1] combined primarily from Himerius 7,4 (ed. Colonna p. 64) and Apuleius (Met. 1,2; 2,2f.), in about 130 he married Salvia, the daughter of the Stoic Sextus from Chaeronea, the teacher of Marcus [2] Aurelius and a nephew of Plutarch. According to the Suda (where the biograph…

Isocrates

(2,269 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
Logographer, teacher of rhetoric and publicist from Athens, Erchia deme, son of Theodoros and Hedyto, 436-338 BC. [German version] A. Biography The biographical tradition concerning I., which goes back to Hermippus, is essentially documented in Dion. Hal. De Isocrate 1, Ps.-Plut. Mor. 836e-839d, an anonymous Life in a few MSS, Phot. 486b-488a and a Suda article s.v. I. In addition, there are biographical details in I.'s own works, particularly in Or. 15. As the son of a wealthy flute maker, I. received an education …

Demades

(344 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Δημάδης; Dēmádēs). Orator from Athens, * around 380 BC, son of Demeas (deme of Paeania), † 319. Along with references by contemporary orators and epigraphical evidence (collected in [6]), we have information about him from an article in the Suda. Like his father, D. was initially a sailor and then, at a point in time that has not been authoritatively established, he turned to politics, initially and even later (cf. [4]) often in concert with Demosthenes. After 338 D. became one of…

Hypereides

(1,056 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ὑπερείδης; Hypereídēs). Attic orator, son of Glaucippus, from the deme Collytus, born 390/89 BC (since he was diaitetes in 330/29 and thus 60 years old, IG II 941), died in 322 BC. [German version] A. Life Of the rich biographical tradition of antiquity (Hermippus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Caicilius) all that has been preserved are the Vita in Ps.-Plutarch (Mor. 848d-850b) and short notes in Athenaeus, Photius (495b-496a) and in the Suda; in addition there is usable biographical information in H.' extant speeches and epigraphical testimonies. H. came from a wealthy family (h…

Cleochares

(130 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Κλεοχάρης; Kleochárēs). Greek rhetor from Myrlea/Bithynia (Str. 12,4,9 = 566). According to Diog. Laert. 4,41 a lover of Arcesilaus, Demochares and Pythocles living therefore in the 3rd cent. BC, probably mostly in Athens. Apart from speeches, he wrote treatises in literary criticism; three works have been transmitted: in a comparison of Isocrates and Demosthenes he used the famous image of an athlete's body for the style of the former and of a soldier's for that of the latter (Ph…

Amphicrates

(107 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] Rhetorician from Athens; when the Romans conquered Athens in 86 BC, A. fled to Seleuceia first and later stayed at Tigranes' court with Tigranes' wife Cleopatra, daughter of Mithridates. He soon fell from favour there and voluntarily chose death by starvation, but still received an honourable funeral (Plut. Luc. 22). A. was an Asianist; Ps.-Longinus (De subl. 3,2) places him on a par with  Hegesias and Matris, regarding him as representative of the movement that runs counter to th…

Nicetes

(317 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Bowie, Ewen (Oxford)
(Νικέτης; Nikét ēs). [German version] [1] Greek rhetor at Rome, Augustan period Greek rhetor active at Rome in the Augustan period, known solely through several references by Seneca the Elder. Most of these report brief judgements and pithy remarks on fictional disputes (Sen. Controv 1,4,12; 1,5,9; 1,7,18; 1,8,13; 9,2,29; 9,6,18; 10,5,23); others exemplify the peculiarity of his teaching method (ibid. 9,2,23: N. only declaimed himself, and did not listen to students' practice speeches) and indicate his evid…

Molon

(443 words)

Author(s): Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Μόλων; Mólōn). [German version] [1] Satrap of Media and governor-general of the Upper Satrapies in 222 BC In 222 BC, together with his brothers Alexander and Neolaus, M., as satrap of Media and governor-general of the Upper Satrapies, rebelled against the young Antiochus [5] III and assumed the title of king (on coins: βασιλέως Μόλωνος). M. repelled Antiochus' military commanders, occupied the Apolloniatis (left bank of the Tigris, to the north of Babylon), crushed an army led by Xenoitas in 221 and conquered t…

Hegesias

(418 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ἡγησίας; Hēgēsías). [German version] [1] Cyrenaic, c. 300 BC  Cyrenaic, lived in the decades before and after 300 BC. Due to the modifications that he (presumably in dialogue with  Epicurus) made on the original Cyrenaic doctrine of pleasure, some ancient philosophical historians have a new phase in the history of the Cyrenaics begin with him. H. assessed the view that one could succeed in achieving  pleasure and avoiding pain much more pessimistically than the original Cyrenaics. …

Democrates

(130 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg)
(Δημοκράτης; Dēmokrátēs). [German version] [1] Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna, probably an older contemporary of Demosthenes [2] (about 338 BC he is called γέρων ( gérōn; old man), cf. Stob. Floril. 3,22,43). As the descendant of  Harmodius or  Aristogeiton, he had a claim to free provisions in the Prytaneion (Hyp. 4,3). He belonged to the Pro-Macedonian party (Hyp. 4,2). He is also mentioned in Aeschin. Leg. 2,17 and Isaeus 6,22. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography Blass, 3,2. [German version] [2] Tragedian of Sic…

Naucrates

(247 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Damschen, Gregor (Halle/Saale)
(Ναυκράτης; Naukrát ēs). [German version] [1] Of Erythrae, rhetor, 4th cent. BC Rhetor of the 4th cent. BC, of Erythrae [2] in Ionia, known almost solely by virtue of the fact that he was a student of Isocrates. He seems not only to have relied closely on his teacher linguistically and stylistically (Cic. De orat. 2,94), but also, like him, to have confined his activities particularly to the area of political journalism (an epitáphios [2] is mentioned - probably a model funeral oration without a concrete occasion: Dion. Hal. Rhet. 6,1 - and a funeral oration presente…

Neanthes

(285 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Hidber, Thomas (Berne)
(Νεάνθης; Neánthēs). [German version] [1] Of Cyzicus, Greek author of uncertain date N. of Cyzicus. References to and some fragments of the following works under this name are preserved (FGrH 84): a Greek history (Ἑλληνικά, Hellēniká), a history of Attalus [4] I of Pergamum (Περὶ Ἄτταλον ἱστορίαι, Perì Áttalon historíai), writings on the myths and history of the city of Cyzicus (Τὰ κατὰ πόλιν μυθικά, Ὧροι Κυζικηνῶν, Ta katà pólin mythiká, Hȏroi Kyzikēnȏn), a biographical collection ‘On famous men (Περὶ ἐνδόξων ἀνδρῶν, Perì endóxōn andrȏn), a piece on mysteries and cults (Περὶ τελετῶν, P…

Rhetoric

(12,493 words)

Author(s): Walde, Christine (Basle) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] I. Terminology Generic term: Greek τέχνη ῥητορική/ téchnē rhētorikḗ; from Plato onwards, the technical term is ῥητορική/ rhētorikḗ [43]; Latin: ars oratoria, ars dicendi (rhetoric as an acquired skill), or eloquentia (as an ability). Performers: Greek ῥήτωρ/ rhḗtōr (Homeric ῥήτηρ/ rhḗtēr); Latin orator (initially referring to any orator; later used in the specific context of rhetoric), rhetor (technical term for a teacher of rhetoric). Activity: Greek είρειν/ eírein (‘say’ in formal language) or more generally λέγειν/ légein (‘speak’); the Latin equivalen…
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