Philostratus of Athens, The Life of Apollonius of Tyana

LCL 16: 326-327

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Apollonius of Tyana


1. Ἐπεὶ δὲ εἶδον τὸν ἄνδρα ἐν Ἰωνίᾳ παρελθόντα ἐς τὴν Ἔφεσον, οὐδὲ οἱ βάναυσοι ἔτι πρὸς ταῖς ἑαυτῶν τέχναις ἦσαν, ἀλλ᾿ ἠκολούθουν ὁ μὲν σοφίας, ὁ δὲ εἴδους, ὁ δὲ διαίτης, ὁ δὲ σχήματος, οἱ δὲ πάντων ὁμοῦ θαυμασταὶ ὄντες, λόγοι τε περὶ αὐτοῦ ἐφοίτων, οἱ μὲν ἐκ τοῦ Κολοφῶνι μαντείου κοινωνὸν τῆς ἑαυτοῦ σοφίας καὶ ἀτεχνῶς σοφὸν καὶ τὰ τοιαῦτα τὸν ἄνδρα ᾄδοντες, οἱ δὲ ἐκ Διδύμων, οἱ δὲ ἐκ τοῦ περὶ τὸ Πέργαμον ἱεροῦ, πολλοὺς γὰρ τῶν ὑγιείας δεομένων ὁ θεὸς ἐκέλευσε προσφοιτᾶν τῷ Ἀπολλωνίῳ, τουτὶ γὰρ αὐτός τε βούλεσθαι καὶ δοκεῖν ταῖς Μοίραις.

2Ἐφοίτων καὶ πρεσβεῖαι πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐκ τῶν πόλεων, ξένον τε αὐτὸν ἡγούμενοι καὶ βίου ξύμβουλον βωμῶν τε ἱδρύσεως καὶ ἀγαλμάτων, ὁ δὲ ἕκαστα τούτων τὰ μὲν ἐπιστέλλων, τὰ δὲ ἀφίξεσθαι φάσκων διωρθοῦτο. πρεσβευσαμένης δὲ καὶ τῆς Σμύρνης καὶ ὅ τι μὲν δέοιτο οὐκ εἰπούσης, ἐκλιπαρούσης δὲ ἀφικέσθαι, ἤρετο τὸν πρεσβευτήν, ὅ τι αὐτοῦ δέοιντο, ὁ δὲ “ἰδεῖν” ἔφη “καὶ ὀφθῆναι.” ὁ δὲ Ἀπολλώνιος “ἀφίξομαι” εἶπε “δοίητε δέ, ὦ Μοῦσαι, καὶ ἐρασθῆναι ἀλλήλων.”


Book IV

Book IV

1. When they saw the Master as he entered Ephesus in Ionia, not even workmen stayed at their crafts, but followed him in admiration of his wisdom, his appearance, his diet, his dress, or all at once. Pronouncements about him circulated, for example from the oracle at Colophon praising the Master as a sharer in its own knowledge, perfectly wise, and so on, and also from Didyma and the sanctuary outside Pergamum.1 There the god advised many of those seeking health to visit Apollonius, that being the god’s own wish and the will of the Fates.

Embassies also came to him from the cities proclaiming2 him their guest and their adviser about modes of life and how to set up altars and cult statues. On all these matters he set them right, either by writing letters or by promising a visit. When the Smyrneans sent an embassy and begged him to come without saying what they wanted, he asked the envoy what they wanted from him, and he replied, “To see you and to be seen by you.” To which Apollonius replied, “I will come, but you, Muses, grant also that we feel affection for each other.”

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_athens-life_apollonius_tyana.2005