Philitas of Cos, Testimonia

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1Suda s.v. Φιλήτας, φ 332

Φιλήτας, Κῷος, υἱὸς Τηλέφου, ὢν ἐπί τε Φιλίππου καὶ Ἀλεξάνδρου, γραμματικὸς κριτικός· ὃς ἰσχνωθεὶς ἐκ τοῦ ζητεῖν τὸν καλούμενον Ψευδόμενον λόγον ἀπέθανεν. ἐγένετο δὲ καὶ διδάσκαλος τοῦ δευτέρου Πτολεμαίου. ἔγραψεν ἐπιγράμματα, καὶ ἐλεγείας καὶ ἄλλα.

<καὶ> κριτικός Toup ἰσχνωθεὶς . . . λόγον ] ἰσχνωθεὶς ἐκ τοῦ ζητεῖν καὶ διώκειν ἀκίχητα MmgV

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(a)Σ Theocr. Id. 7.40(?), ap. P. Oxy. 2064, col. xii, mg. inf. (ed. A. S. Hunt and J. Johnson, Two Theocritus Papyri (London, 1930), 8)

Φιλίτας π]ιητὴς έν[ετο μητρὸ]ς δ(ὲ) Εὐτιόνης [ θανο]ῦσαν ἔθαψν [

πατρὸς μὲν Τηλέφου, μητρὸ]ς κτλ. conj. Hunt

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Testimonia

Testimonia

1 Suda s.v. Philitas

Philitas, of Cos, son of Telephus, lived at the time of Philip and Alexander, a grammarian and critic. He died of a consumption, caused by pursuing the so-called “lying word”.1 He was tutor to the second Ptolemy. He wrote epigrams, elegies, and other works.

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(a) Scholiast on Theocritus, Idylls

Philitas was a poet his mother Euctione when she died, he buried her

1 The Liar Paradox: statements that are true only if false (“This sentence is false”). This is a philosophical problem, of interest e.g. to Chrysippus the Stoic. Philitas was a grammarian; perhaps the joke is that he was interested in “false words” in the sense of those incorrectly used (see Test. ).
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philitas_cos-testimonia.2010