Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters

LCL 204: 2-3

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Athenaeus

ΑΘΗΝΑΙΟΥ ΝΑΥΚΡΑΤΙΤΟΥ ΔΕΙΠΝΟΣΟΦΙΣΤΩΝ

ΕΚ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΩΤΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ

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Ἀθήναιος μὲν ὁ τῆς βίβλου πατήρ· ποιεῖται δὲ τὸν λόγον πρὸς Τιμοκράτην1· Δειπνοσοφιστὴς δὲ ταύτῃ τὸ ὄνομα. ὑπόκειται δὲ τῷ λόγῳ Λαρήνσιος Ῥωμαῖος, ἀνὴρ τῇ τύχῃ περιφανής, τοὺς κατὰ πᾶσαν παιδείαν ἐμπειροτάτους ἐν τοῖς αὑτοῦ δαιτυμόνας ποιούμενος· ἐν οἷς οὐκ ἔσθ᾿ οὗτινος τῶν καλλίστων οὐκ ἐμνημόνευσεν. ἰχθῦς τε γὰρ τῇ βίβλῳ ἐνέθετο καὶ τὰς τούτων χρείας καὶ τὰς τῶν ὀνομάτων ἀναπτύξεις καὶ λαχάνων

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Book I

The Learned Banqueters Of Athenaeus Of Naucratis

From Book I

Athenaeus is the father of the book and is offering his account to Timocrates; the book’s title is The Learned Banqueter.1 The central character is Larensius of Rome, a conspicuously wealthy man who is entertaining the greatest experts in every field of knowledge at a banquet in his own house. [Athenaeus] omits no one’s finest sayings; for he included fish in his book, and the ways they are prepared and the derivations of their names,2 as well as every sort of

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.atheneus_grammarian-learned_banqueters.2007