Pherecydes, Testimonia, Part 1: Person (P)

LCL 525: 158-159

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY II

PHERECYDES [7 DK]

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Chronology (P1–P4)

P1 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 1.121

γέγονε δὲ κατὰ τὴν πεντηκοστὴν καὶ ἐνάτην Ὀλυμπιάδα.

P2 (< A2) Suda Φ.214

Φερεκύδης, Βάβυος, Σύριος [. . .] · γέγονε δὲ κατὰ τὸν Λυδῶν βασιλέα Ἀλυάττην, ὡς συγχρονεῖν τοῖς ζʹ σοφοῖς καὶ τετέχθαι περὶ τὴν μεʹ1 Ὀλυμπιάδα [. . . = P6].

P3 (< A5) Cic. Tusc. 1.16.38

[. . . = R14] antiquus sane; fuit enim meo regnante gentili [. . .].

  • 1μεʹ] νεʹ G: μθʹ Rohde
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PHERECYDES

PHERECYDES

P Chronology (P1–P4)

P1 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

He lived during the 59th Olympiad [= 544/40].

P2 (< A2) Suda

Pherecydes, son of Babys, of Syros [. . .]; he lived at the time of Alyattes, king of the Lydians [i.e. 605/560], so that he was contemporary with the Seven Sages and was born around the 45th Olympiad [= 600/596].1

P3 (< A5) Cicero, Tusculan Disputations

[. . . scil. he was] quite ancient, for he lived during the reign of my ancestor and namesake [i.e. Servius Tullius, 578/35].

  • 1This is often corrected to the 49th Olympiad (584/80) on the supposition that the indication given in P1 refers to Pherecydes’ floruit (forty years old).
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pherecydes-person.2016