P4 (8 Schibli) Ps.-Luc. Long. 22
[. . .] Φερεκύδης ὁ Σύριος [. . .] ὀγδοήκοντα καὶ πέντε.His Teachers (P5–P7) Did He Have a Greek Teacher? (P5)
P5 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 1.116
Φερεκύδης Βάβυος Σύριος, καθά φησιν Ἀλέξανδρος ἐν Διαδοχαῖς [FGrHist 273 F85], Πιττακοῦ διακήκοε.Or Did He Learn from Oriental Sources? (P6–P8)
P6 (< A2) Suda Φ.214
[. . . = P2] αὐτὸν δὲ οὐκ ἐσχηκέναι καθηγητήν, ἀλλ’ ἑαυτὸν ἀσκῆσαι, κτησάμενον τὰ Φοινίκων ἀπόκρυφα βιβλία [. . . = R5a].
P7 (< B4) Eus. PE 1.10.50 (= Ph. Bybl., FHG III Frag. 9)
παρὰ Φοινίκων δὲ καὶ Φερεκύδης λαβὼν τὰς ἀφορμὰς ἐθεολόγησε περὶ τοῦ παρ’ αὐτῷ λεγομένου Ὀφίονος θεοῦ καὶ τῶν Ὀφιονιδῶν [. . .].
P8 (38 Schibli) Flav. Jos. Apion. 1.14
ἀλλὰ μήν [. . . = D4] Φερεκύδην τε τὸν Σύριον καὶ
P4 (≠ DK) Ps.-Lucian, Long-lived Men
[. . .] Pherecydes of Syros [. . . scil. lived] eighty-five years.His Teachers (P5–P7) Did He Have a Greek Teacher? (P5)
P5 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius
Pherecydes, son of Babys, of Syros, studied with Pittacus,1 as Alexander says in his Successions.Or Did He Learn from Oriental Sources? (P6–P8)
P6 (< A2) Suda
[. . .] he did not have a teacher himself, but he trained himself after he had acquired the secret books of the Phoenicians.
P7 (< B4) Philon of Byblos in Eusebius, Evangelical Preparation
Pherecydes, taking his starting point from the Phoenicians, expressed theological doctrines about the god that he calls Ophion and the Ophionids [cf. D11–D12] [. . .].
P8 (≠ DK) Flavius Josephus, Against Apion
But as for [. . .] Pherecydes of Syros, Pythagoras, and