Eunapius, Lives of Philosophers

LCL 134: 340-341

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Bibliography Manuscripts.

These are few and very corrupt. All are derived from Laurentianus lxxxvi. 7, late 12th century, which was not collated by Boissonade or Wyttenbach, and was first recognized as the most reliable codex by Jordan in De Eunapii codice Laurentiano, Lemgo, 1888, followed by Lundström, Prolegomena in Eunapii vitas, Upsala, 1897; Vaticanus 140 (contains also Philostratus, Lives). There are inferior mss. at Naples (Borbonici) and Paris. Cobet’s emendations are in Mnemosyne, vols. vi. and viii. De Boor in Rheinisches Museum, xlvii. maintains that the new edition of the Universal History mentioned by Photius contained also the Lives and was made later than the time of Eunapius; whereas Lundström thinks that Eunapius himself revised his works and omitted many passages that were offensive to the Christians. This would account for the fact that we have two recensions of the Life of Libanius, the Laurentianus and the Lacapenianus; the latter, according to Lundström, is the modified version.


Junius Hornanus, Antwerp, 1568 (with very incorrect Latin version). Commelinus, Heidelberg, 1596. Boissonade, Amsterdam, 1822 (Wyttenbach’s notes are in vol. ii.). Boissonade, Didot, Paris, 1849, 18781 (a reprint of the edition of 1822, witli Latin version of Junius, partly revised;



contains also the works of Philostratus and Himerius). G. Giangrande, Eunapii Vitae Sophistarum. Scriptores Gr. et Latini consilio Acad. Lync. editi, Rome, 1956, with relevant bibliography; cp. H. Gerstinger in Gnomon, 1958, pp. 105 ff.; R. Keydell, in Byz. Zeitschr., 1960, pp. 119 ff. (reviews). Iamblichus, De Vita Pythagorica, L. Deubner, Leipzig, 1937. Protrepticus, Pistelli, Leipzig, 1893. De communi mathematica, Festa, Leipzig, 1891. Theologumena arithmeticae, V. de Falco, Leipzig, 1922. De mysteriis, Partey, Berlin, 1857. Libanius, Opera, Foerster, Leipzig, 1903–27. Eunapius, Eunapii historiarum quae supersunt, Bekker and Niebuhr, Bonn, 1829. Fragmenta historicorum Graecorum, Müller, Paris, vol. iv, 1885. Oribasius, Opera, Bussemaker-Daremberg, Paris, 1851. Corpus Medicorum Graecorum, vi. 1–3, J. Raeder, Leipzig, 1926–33. Plotinus, Plotini Opera, P. Henry and H. R. Schwyzer, Paris and Brussels, 1951–, and ed. minor, Oxford, 1964–; Plotinus, text and trans. A. H. Armstrong, L.C.L., 1966–1967 (3 vols.) (Enneads).


Sievers, Das Leben des Libanius, Berlin, 1868. Petit de Julleville, L’ École d’ Athènes au quatrième siècle, Paris, 1868. Capes, University Life in Ancient Athens, London, 1877. France (Wright), Julian’s Relation to the New Sophistic, London, 1896. Seeck, Die Briefe des Libanius, Leipzig, 1906; Geschichte des Untergangs der antiken Welt, Berlin, 1901–1910. Glover, Life and Letters in the Fourth Century, Cambridge, 1901. Bidez, Vie de Porphyre, Gand, 1913. Ammianus Marcellinus (a.d. 330–400) the Latin historian is the best authority for the period with which Eunapius deals.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.eunapius-lives_philosophers.1921